REVIEWS: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S

July 19, 2013
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Few cars make as a statement quite like a bright yellow Porsche 911, especially when you push the button marked with an exhaust-tip graphic. This switch makes the car even louder, and once you also engage the high-performance Sport Chrono mode, an already fast car turns into a real monster. The combination of furious sound and the incessant tug of gravity during full-bore acceleration is absolutely addicting, as is the ease with which big speed can be achieved. In fact, I wonder if the Porsche 911 is too fast for public roads. Several times I glanced at the speedometer only to realize – good grief! – I’d better stand on the carbon-ceramic brakes and seek a more prudent velocity.
Jake Holmes, Associate Web Editor
2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S Front Right View 1
There’s far too much yellow on and in this car for my liking. Still, I love the driving experience, even though there's no clutch pedal.
This automatic transmission is extremely good, but I can't see myself ever wanting to order PDK in a Porsche, unless my left leg no longer functioned or my life depended on setting consistently quick lap times.
I hit the wipers once or twice when I did try to paddle an upshift, but at least this car doesn’t have the dumb shift buttons that come as the stock complement to the PDK, which remind you even more insistently that you’re driving a car with an automatic transmission.
Rusty Blackwell, Copy Editor
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This is Porsche number two that I’ve driven in as many months that has had roughly $50K worth of options. A nice life, huh? But where the $137,000, carmine-red Cayenne GTS looked tastefully flashy, this $144,350, racing-yellow 911 Carrera S and its matching racing yellow seatbelts and color-keyed accents on the dash and console strikes me as a little overdone in the cosmetics department. A Porsche 911 already stands out (in Detroit anyway), and it’s even more conspicuous when it’s covered in a retina-searing paint that can be seen a mile away. Well, it’s a press fleet special meant to impress the uninitiated, so I understand.
Fortunately, the bright paint has no negative effect on performance. Braking, handling, and steering are all beyond reproach, while the acceleration is astonishing. According to Porsche, this PDK-equipped 911 Carrera S will rocket from zero to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds. Hit the button for the Sport Plus mode and the time shrinks to 3.9 seconds.
Opportunities to verify these numbers are so rare that, for my money, I’d go with the base-model Porsche 911. It looses 50 hp and takes 4.4 seconds to reach 60 mph, but it also undercuts the price of the Carrera S by more than $14,500. (Oh yeah, like I have the other $129,850 in a shoebox in the closet.)
Jennifer Misaros, Managing Editor, Digital Platforms
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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S

MSRP (with destination): $97,350
3.8-liter DOHC flat-six
Horsepower (hp): 400 @ 7400rpm
Torque (lb-ft): 325 @ 5600 rpm
7-speed dual-clutch automatic
20-inch aluminum wheels
245/35R-20 (91Y) Pirelli P Zero front tires
305/30R-20 (103Y) Pirelli P Zero rear tires
FUEL ECONOMY (city/highway/combined):
Doors/Passengers: 2/4
Cargo: 4.8cu ft
Legroom (front/rear): TBD
Headroom (front/rear): TBD
Towing: N/A
Racing Yellow/Black
Stainless-steel exhaust
7-speed manual transmission
Active suspension management
Torque vectoring
6-piston front brake calipers
Leather-trimmed seating surfaces
Alcantara headliner
Tilt-and-telescopic steering column
Automatic dual-zone climate control
Xenon headlights
9-speaker audio system
Speed-activated rear spoiler
Keyless entry and ignition
Heated front seats
7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission- $4080
Carbon-ceramic braking system- $8520
Black leather-trimmed interior- $3330
Sport seats plus- $1870
Painted interior package- $665
Burmester audio system- $5010
Premium plus package w/18-way power front seats- $6155
Dynamic chassis control w/sport suspension- $4050
Sport exhaust- $2950
Rear windshield wiper- $360
Front and rear parking assist- $990
Sport Chrono package- $2370
Sport steering wheel- $490
Headlight washers- $295
Painted air vents- $1710
Color-matched key- $335
20-inch Sport Techno aluminum wheels- $1355
Black, 20-inch aluminum wheels- $1635
Racing Yellow seatbelts- $540
Painted center console trim- $290
Carrera S power kit- $17,800
The 911 Carrera S has 50 more hp and 38 more lb-ft of torque than the 911 Carrera.
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