• More refined than ever
  • Superb handling
  • Many choices and options
  • Options can be pricey
  • New steering isn’t as communicative as the old car’s
SUM UP Better than ever.

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for 911 in 2013

Porsche’s staggered rollout of the new 911 continues with the all-wheel-drive C4 and C4S. The Turbo variants remain on the old platform for now...more

Overview

The 911 is all-new and, no surprise, is very good. The longer wheelbase all but irons out the rear-engine snappiness that earlier 911s were known for, and the already posh interior gains a high-tech center console and optional eighteen-way power seats. A smaller-displacement base engine, a lighter body, automatic stop/start, freewheeling technology, electric power steering, and seven-speed manual and automatic transmissions collectively improve efficiency by up to sixteen percent. At the same time, power climbs 5 hp on the Carrera and 15 hp on the Carrera S. That added horsepower, combined with a weight reduction of between 65 and 100 pounds (depending on trim), yields minor improvements in acceleration to 60 mph, to 4.5 and 4.3 seconds, respectively. More important, the snarling flat-sixes remain raw-sounding and responsive. The new 911 cabriolet incorporates all those improvements and adds a folding roof that’s composed of four cloth-covered magnesium panels. The design provides nearly coupe levels of refinement but is still much lighter and takes up less space than a folding hard top. Some Porsche purists worry that these improvements sap the 911 driving experience of some of its distinct, visceral appeal. For most enthusiasts, the faster, more efficient, more luxurious 911 offers little downside.

Safety

Front, side, side curtain, and knee air bags are standard, as are ABS, traction control, and stability control, which can be disabled but will still intervene if you brake hard enough to activate ABS.

Key Competitors For The 2013 Porsche 911

  • Audi R8
  • Chevrolet Corvette
  • Jaguar F-type
  • Nissan GT-R

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2013 911 Standard Equipment

Braking and Handling

  • Four Wheel ABS

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning

Convenience

  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Trip Computer

Exterior

  • Rear Spoiler

Interior

  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel

Safety

  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
  • Headlight Wiper/Washers
  • Heated Outside Mirrors
  • Heated Wiper/Washers
  • HID Headlights
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Stability Control
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control

Seats

  • Folding Rear Seat
  • Leather Seats
  • Memory Seat

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable

Technology

  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System

Tires and Wheels

  • Alloy Wheels
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