Used 2013 Porsche 911 Coupe
Porsche 911 Coupe
The 911 epitomizes Porsche, and while its refinement and technology continue to evolve, its iconic shape and world-class handling remain.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Notable 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
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.)
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)
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
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.
Porsche 911 Consumer Reviews
September 12, 2018
Absolutely wonderful and fun to drive car. 911 is very reliable and can be used as everyday driver. No problems in the last 50K miles.
February 29, 2016
Fastest car I have ever owned
This is truly a race car for the street. For the last 15 years I have been a competitor in national SCCA races. I have raced everything...
October 19, 2015
Porsche Is Modest
The 911 Turbo S ... will blow your mind with it's all wheel drive handling and 0-60 times. There is no better fun than the launch...
August 25, 2015
great driver, super looking &very good performance
super driver, high performance, many more creature comforts than the prior 997 series. great sound with sport exhaust, with performance...
July 18, 2015
One of the last manual, fun to drive vehicles
In 2013 after searching for months for a replacement for my 2006 manual Cayman S, and receiving no help from the local "stellar Porsche"...
June 27, 2015
Absolutely spectacular automobile
Bought the 2014 Turbo S Cab as upgrade from 2010 Turbo Coupe. There are so many great things to point out. The performance is off the...
June 05, 2015
There is nothing comparable.
You get your money's worth! Once you drive one, you won't settle for anything less!
April 02, 2015
one of the best driving and exhilarating cars ever
The ultimate Porsche speed/handling/function/quality last of the 997 Turbo S model.
April 08, 2014
Awesome driving experience!
Driving this car is such fun! Think of excuses to drive the car, including going around the block one more time before going home.
April 02, 2014
What a great car!!
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.