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2013 Porsche 911

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2013 Porsche 911 Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 8.5

Porsche continues the serial updating of its iconic 911 sports car; for 2013, the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models migrate to the new platform – designated 991 – introduced last year on the rear-drive Carrera. This seventh-generation architecture advances the ongoing refinement of the 911's signature rear-engine layout, with a longer wheelbase, improved roadholding, new technology and better fuel efficiency. Only the Turbo models remain on the previous (997) foundation, probably for this final year. For now, Targa and GTS models are off the menu. Porsche allows devotees to revel in the light steering, quick direction changes and strong braking that the 911's unique tail-heavy layout affords while progressively taming the tendency to spin when the cornering limit it exceeded. The 911 is a unique and wondrous sports car.

You'll Like This Car If...

For generations the standard automotive trophy for those who've succeeded financially in life has been the Porsche 911. Whether you want to show that you've arrived, or just enjoy the drive along the way, the 2013 Porsche 911 remains a compelling sports-car choice.

You May Not Like This Car If...

The 911's historic success has come at a cost: Porsche is forever locked into the quirky and challenging weight-and-balance issues of the rear-engine layout. Consider the Nissan GT-R or Audi R8 if you appreciate truly advanced design and the handling benefits of an engine located between the axles.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 8.5
  • 9.7
  • 7.9
  • 8.9
  • 7.3
  • 7.8
How It Ranks

#2

out of 8

Fuel Economy

#8

out of 8

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Consumer Rating

9.9 out of 10
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2013 Porsche 911 Low/wide front photo What's New for 2013

For 2013, the all-wheel-drive (AWD) Carrera 4 models (4 and 4S, in both coupe and cabriolet bodies) migrate to the new longer-wheelbase, seventh-generation platform (designated 991) introduced last year on the rear-drive Carrera models. Only the Turbo models remain on the previous (997) architecture.

Driving the 911
2013 Porsche 911 Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions Hanging the engine out over the rear axle creates a weight-and-balance reality no designer would choose today. The rock-on-a-string effect has always let 911s change direction eagerly but at the...

risk of spinning off the road if ham-handled. With each new platform, Porsche has sought to retain the benefits but further control the liabilities of the unique layout. In the 2013 Porsche 911, the result is a quick, responsive and communicative car, but one that is also stable and confidence-inspiring. It's even comfortable and accommodating on long trips. The car runs plenty strong with the "base" Carrera engine's 350 horsepower, but for even more, you can choose 400 (Carrera S), 500 (Turbo) or 530 (Turbo S). The manual gearboxes – 6-speed on Turbos and an industry-first 7-speed on Carreras – work beautifully but we prefer Porsche's spectacular twin-clutch PDK transmission, which bangs off gear changes with a press of wheel-mounted rocker switches.
Favorite Features

7-SPEED MANUAL TRANSMISSION
Last year Porsche introduced the world's first 7-speed manual transmission. It has six close-ratio gears for good acceleration and a tall overdrive 7th gear for relaxed and economical cruising. A smart lock-out system allows 7th gear to be selected only from 5th or 6th.

PDK TWIN-CLUTCH TRANSMISSION
Porsche's delightful 7-speed PDK transmission can operate automatically or be shifted manually using either the lever or rocker buttons on the steering-wheel spokes. This is simply the model of sporting, manually shifted automatics, changing ratios more cleanly and quickly than you and we can using a stick and pedal.

2013 Porsche 911 Details
2013 Porsche 911 Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

The interior of the 2013 Porsche 911 feels familiar, with round gauges, an ignition placed left of the steering wheel, lush materials throughout and, of course, rear seats sized for little more than whisking Frodo to the shire. The Power Sport front seats are quite comfortable and supportive, a tilt-and-slide sunroof improves headroom, and the full-length console recalls the Carrera GT supercar. The 911's front trunk offers a modest 4.7 cubic feet of cargo space but that can be supplemented by an optional roof-rack system and rear seats that fold down individually to create a parcel shelf.

Exterior
2013 Porsche 911 photo

The seventh-generation platform that now underlies all Carrera (not yet Turbo) 911s carries on the unmistakable traditional appearance even though the roof is now lower, the length and wheelbase have increased a lot, and detailing, fascias and lighting are new. The car looks both sleeker and more muscular. Porsche certainly could have pushed the boundaries further but overall the designers did their job, delivering a 911 that looks fresh yet classic.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The "base" 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet come well equipped with bi-xenon headlights, 19-inch wheels, an electric parking brake, dual-zone automatic climate control, Alcantara trim, a navigation system with a 7-inch display and a 235-watt 9-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary inputs. Standard safety features include stability control, traction control and eight airbags, including front-occupant knee airbags. The Carrera 4 models include the excellent AWD system.

Optional Equipment

Highlights from the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S option sheet include heated and ventilated front seats, a sport exhaust system (with "loud" button), 12-speaker Bose and Burmester premium audio systems, ceramic-composite brakes, Porsche's Active Suspension Management (optional on the Carrera, standard on the Carrera S) and the Sport Chrono package with its selectable performance enhancements including (with the PDK transmission) launch control. Another notable option is PDCC, or Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, a system that uses active anti-sway bars to drastically reduce body roll when cornering.

Under the Hood
2013 Porsche 911 Engine photo

As Porsche continues moving its many 911 models from the previous 997 platform to the new 991, the powertrain lineup simplifies this year. There are now just two normally aspirated engines, making 350 horsepower in Carrera trim and 400 in Carrera S, and two turbocharged engines, tuned for 500 horsepower (Turbo) and 530 (Turbo S). All are sophisticated liquid-cooled flat-6s with four valves per cylinder, variable intake-valve timing and direct fuel injection. Any of these engines can be paired with Porsche's excellent 7-speed PDK twin-clutch shiftable automatic transmission. The manual alternative in the normally aspirated cars is the unique 7-speed box Porsche introduced last year. (Turbo models use a 6-speed.)

3.4-liter flat-6
350 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
287 lb-ft of torque @ 5,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
Rear-wheel-drive Carrera: 19/27 mpg (manual), 20/28 mpg (automatic)
All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 Cabriolet: 19/26 mpg (manual), 20/27 mpg (automatic)

3.8-liter flat-6
400 horsepower @ 7,400 rpm
325 lb-ft of torque @ 5,600 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy:
Rear-wheel drive Carrera S: 19/27 mpg
All-wheel-drive Carrera 4S: 18/26 mpg (manual), 19/26 mpg (automatic)

3.8-liter turbocharged flat-6
500 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
480 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500 rpm (516 lb-ft on overboost)
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 16/24 mpg (manual), 17/25 (automatic)

3.8-liter turbocharged flat-6
530 horsepower @ 6,250 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 2,100 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg

Pricing Notes

The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the 2013 Porsche 911 starts at $82,100 for the Carrera rear-drive coupe, and $96,400 for the up-power Carrera S. An AWD Carrera 4 is $91,030 and a 4S $105,630. The Turbo line (still on the 997 platform, for this year) starts at $137,500. A Turbo S is $160,700. Interestingly, adding a consistent $12,000 to all these figures gets you close to the prices for the equivalent Cabriolet versions. Porsche's option list is long and includes many color and finish options. Go crazy checking boxes and a "base" Carrera coupe can top $120,000; a Turbo S Cabriolet can push $200,000. Check our Fair Purchase Price to see what people in your area are paying. Resale value is a strong suit for the Porsche 911, and we expect residual numbers that are similar to or better than those for the Nissan GT-R and Audi R8.

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2013 Porsche 911 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.9
Out of 10

Based on 13 Ratings for the 2012 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    9.5/10
    Quality
    9.9/10
  • Reliability
    9.8/10
    Performance
    9.9/10
  • Comfort
    9.3/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Awesome driving experience!

By on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Handling, seemingly limitless power, sophisticated"

Cons: "Pricey options, but worth the cost"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Driving this car is such fun! Think of excuses to drive the car, including going around the block one more time before going home."

What a great car!!

By on Wednesday, April 02, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 16,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Driving dynamics, reliability, resale"

Cons: "Cost of entry is quite high...but worth it!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Fantastic car with great quality and the best driving dynamics. Add in tremendous resale value and it's the best buy in a two-seat car."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

Perfect vehicle

By on Tuesday, March 04, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 4,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best handling car, comfy, sexy"

Cons: "Expensive"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"There is a resign Porsches are so expensive. They are crafted to perfection. Not comparable to corvettes which are far less quality. Not comparable to BMW M / Audi RS / Mercedes AMG because of the vast difference in driving dynamics. Really only other competitor is the Audi R8, but is currently too outdated, more expensive and less as fun to drive. Will keep this car forever, and purchase more 911's (possibly GT3) in the future."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

This is absolutely the best car I have ever owned.

By on Monday, November 25, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 11,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Really great car."

Cons: "Minimal luggage space."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is my first Porsche and it is one of the best values around. The GTS package has lots of extras at minimal cost. The car drives like a dream, holds the road like glue with lots of power and still gets good gas mileage. I love it!"

1 person out of 7 found this review helpful

A DREAM CAR LEGEND WORTH EVERY PENNY!

By on Friday, August 30, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 300

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "A True Sports Car with Luxury Amenities."

Cons: "Cup holders are too shallow, drinks can tip over."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Just bought my first Porsche- 2014 911 4S Cabriolet. So far it's the best car I've ever owned. I have a Mercedes GL and a BMW X5 as daily drivers, have owned 3 of each brand in the past, but neither company ever had the same quality as this Porsche. PDK Transmission, Heated-A/C Ventilated Seats, Touch Screen HD Audio/Navigation, Windscreen with the push of a button, Sport Packages, Keyless Entry and Startup, all are must haves for the experience! Step up and don't skimp on options or you'll be sorry. Quality soft top makes it an easy to clean car (Tip- just wax the wheels to rinse off brake dust). Don't forget to buy a battery tender, you'll need it if it's a weekend only driver."

7 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Great improvement in 991 vs 997

By on Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,070

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything really do like new convertible roof"

Cons: "??"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Owned previous generation 911 which was great car but the new one hands down much nicer in performance comfort and overall appearance. Electronic blow previous generation away!"

1 person out of 7 found this review helpful

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