Review: 2013 Porsche Carrera 911S

Friday October 4th, 2013 at 8:1010 AM
Posted by: D.Colman

By David Colman

Hypes: Superb Dynamic Chassis, PDLS Headlights, Mega Pirellis
Gripes: Don’t Have One in My Garage Yet

Back in the sexist 1930s, Packard used the adage “Ask The Man Who Owns One” to seal the deal on the superiority of its brand. Since I currently own three Porsches 911s, you might want to ask me that same question about the company’s latest offspring, the 2013 911 Carrera S. In a nutshell, this newest addition to the model line is better in every way than any previous 911 Porsche has built. When I first learned about the specifications for this new model, internally designated “991,” my reaction to it was tepid. Logic seemed to dictate that the 991’s 4 inch longer wheelbase would make it more comfortable to ride in, but slower to react to steering input and directional change. And to a tutored eye accustomed to the svelte and chiseled 911 profile, the 991 looked bulbous and overweight. I couldn’t have been more wrong on all counts.

The extended wheelbase does indeed help eliminate the harsh ride quality of its immediate predecessor, the 997 version of the 911 that Porsche produced from 2005 to 2011. Although the ride quality of the 2013 Carrera S is more relaxed and luxuriant than that of the 997, it is even better snubbed and more informative than its choppy predecessor. And when it comes to ultimate handling, the 991’s wider front and rear track elevates this new model to a new echelon of stability never before achieved by any previous 911. Helping in this regard are several features exclusive to the “S” model Carrera, such as 20 inch diameter alloy wheels measuring 8.5 inches wide up front and 11 inches wide in the rear. Porsche has generously shod these standard S rims with Pirelli’s best rubber, P Zero Nero tires measuring 245/35R20 front and 295/30R20 rear. In addition, the S enjoys standard “torque vectoring” technology which subtly brakes the inside rear wheel on a turn to promote better traction for the outside rear wheel

The cumulative effect of these measures yields a 911 so confident in handling, so adept at directional change, that you could enter this stock coupe, as delivered, in any 24 Hour race and expect to finish well up in the overall standings. That’s because the new Carrera S has been sired by a long line of stellar race cars including the infamous 935, and more recently, the GT3 RSR version of the 997, which is still winning at the international level. The breeding line shows in every facet of the 991. Its informative 5 gauge cluster looks avionics correct when ordered in optional (no extra charge) “dials in black.” Its phenomenally effective Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) headlights not only blaze the night, but swivel to illuminate corners as you turn into them.

And speaking of corners, there must have been at least a thousand of them on the 43.2 mile drive through wine country I enjoyed, along with 23 other Porsches from the Porsche Club of America. With a starting point in Sonoma’s picturesque town square, this backroad adventure proved the mettle of this latest generation 911, not only to me, but to everyone else in the Porsche Club who witnessed its incredible agility. The 991, in S trim, guarantees you will rule the road.

To enjoy the new 911 Carrera S, you don’t need to extend its engine beyond 5,000 rpm. Because my test car had only 551 miles on the odometer when delivered to me (and appropriately, 991, when my week ended), I decided to do the right thing and break in the motor properly by observing a 5,000 rpm redline and not using full throttle. Amazingly, these self-imposed restrictions never materially impinged on the 911’s performance, because the new S engine has so much torque available so low in the rpm range that you never really need to boot it to redline to maximize forward progress. Even though this engine, when broken in, will comfortably scream to its 400 hp redline of 7, 400 rpm, it makes peak torque of 325 lb.-ft. at just 5,600 rpm. Keeping the revs down also helps achieve reasonable fuel consumption of 22 MPG overall.

If there’s a better sports car available than the new 911 Carrera S, than I’ve yet to drive it.

2013 Porsche Carrera 911S

  • Engine: 3.8 liter opposed 6, Direct Fuel Injection, Variocam
  • Horsepower: 400hp @ 7,400rpm
  • Torque: 325 lb.-ft. @ 5,600rpm
  • Fuel Consumption: 19 MPG City/ 27 MPG Highway
  • Price as Tested: $107,830
  • Star Rating: 10 out of 10 Stars

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Video: Preview of the 2012 Porsche 911

Tuesday July 19th, 2011 at 3:77 PM
Posted by: Derek

Spy shot of next gen "991" Porsche 911

The next generation Porsche 911, internally known as project 991, isn’t set to be officially shown until September at the Frankfurt Auto Show this year. Spy shots have been posted on such sites as autospies.com and WordCarFans. Now a video from Porsche has been released on their YouTube channel.

Clear differences between the new model and the current 997 are the more upright headlights, a slightly longer body, and the side mirrors are now positioned at the side of the doors and not at the window.

Other new features for the new 911 will include extensive use of lightweight carbon materials and active aerodynamics–surfaces that react to what the car is doing, and how fast it’s doing it. Expect adjustable front and rear spoilers, dynamically opening and closing air intakes and an automatic rear wing.

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Porsche World Roadshow USA Offers Enthusiasts a True Test Drive

Saturday May 21st, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Posted by: AKramer

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For many new car buyers, heading over to the local dealership for a test drive is part of the shopping routine. Unfortunately, going for a 10 min. spin around the block with an over-eager sales-person sitting shotgun doesn’t really help in evaluating a car, especially if it’s a high-performance vehicle.

Recognizing this flaw, Porsche has decided to hit the road this year and make its world-class cars available to the public, and allow for much more than just a brief test drive. The Porsche World Roadshow program will be stopping at 6 US cities this summer, offering extended test drives and a performance driving experience that allows prospective buyers to put select models to the test.

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New Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS Gets More Power and All-Wheel Drive

Thursday May 12th, 2011 at 3:55 PM
Posted by: Derek

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTSPorsche engineers never sleep or if they do, they are dreaming of more ways of getting Porsche drivers to produce more endorphins by continually pumping up the performance factor of their sport cars and SUVs. The new 911 Carrera GTS, that was went on sale last December, is now available with intelligent all-wheel drive and 408 hp from their 3.8-liter flat six engine.

A redesign of the intake duct has added 23 hp, taking the peak power output to 408 hp at 7,300 rpm. Consequently, the fire breathing engine has a more generous torque curve in the lower and middle engine speed range. This means 236 lb-ft of torque (320 Nm) is available from as low as 1,500 rpm; overall, the six-cylinder engine delivers its peak torque of 309 lb-ft of torque (420 Nm) across a broad engine speed range from 4,200 – 5,600 rpm.

The driver’s euphoria is further enhanced by an unmistakable acoustic signature from the sports exhaust system, and this unique character is supplemented by exhaust tailpipes finished in a distinctive black surface design.

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Porsche 911 Black Edition – Limited Edition of Only 1,911 Cars

Wednesday January 26th, 2011 at 9:11 AM
Posted by: aquadog

Porsche 911 Black EditionPorsche announced the 911 Black Edition that will be available as a limited edition of only 1,911 cars, of which approximately 25% are U.S bound, in Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet trims.

The Black Edition features a 3.6-liter flat-six pot, 345-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission with an optional PDK dual-clutch seven-speed transmission.

Other features include a plain black paint job with optional Basalt Black metallic, black interior leather, black instrument cluster, black painted four-piston aluminum monobloc brake calipers, a black cloth electric folding hood on the Cabriolet, 19-inch 911 Turbo II alloy wheels, a Bose premium surround sound system with 13 speakers in the Carrera and 12 in the Cabriolet, a GPS navigation system, Black Edition plaques on the doors and glove compartment, parking assistant, cruise control, and a rain sensor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Paris Motor Show News: Porsche 911 Speedster Returns

Tuesday September 21st, 2010 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

911-Carrera-SpeedsterReports came in just yesterday that Stuttgart was planning an ultra-hardcore GT3 RS, but the German automaker has now announced an altogether different variant of its iconic sports car: the 911 Carrera GTS, which will make its official debut at 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Created by the Porsche Exclusive department, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, the 911 Speedster honors the 1953 classic from which it draws its inspiration, with only 356 examples to be built. The unique shade of French racing blue comes standard, and continues on the rather, um… interesting two-seat interior, with Carrera White available at no extra charge.

Adopting the styling cues of the very first Speedster, the new model receives a flamboyant appearance with a unique “chopped” windscreen that has been lowered by 2.4 inches and is more extremely raked than that used on other 911 models. It also gets the wide-body rear end of the 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster is powered by the latest version of its 3.8-liter flat-6 cylinder engine. As recently confirmed for the 911 Carrera GTS, it delivers 402 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only gearbox available is a seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox with a locking rear differential.

Teaser video and official Porsche press announcement after the jump

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2011 Porsche 911 Turbo S: when in doubt, add more power.

Wednesday February 10th, 2010 at 8:22 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

2011 911 Turbo SThe new 911 Turbo S is high-tech and high-performance

If you were on the fence about buying last year’s 911 Turbo S right now might be the time to fire the butler for space cash, because the 2011 model has improved. Porsche has managed to raise the performance level even higher this year without sacrificing refinement or efficiency. Give Jeeves the pink slip and we will tell you what has improved.

Last year’s Turbo S with the help of direct injection made 500-hp from just 3.8 liters of displacement. The 2011 model improves upon this by 30 horsepower. The six-cylinder boxer engine also still makes an impressive asphalt-destroying 516 lb-ft of torque. By employing variable turbine geometry in the turbochargers and a high compression ratio of 9.8:1, the 911 Turbo S makes peak torque below 2500 rpm.

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The 2010 Porsche 911 GT3: Oh Yeah!

Wednesday March 11th, 2009 at 8:33 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Porsche 911 GT3

Lots of good stuff at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, take the Porsche 911 GT3 for 2010. Nice, yeah? Logically, the GT3 features a naturally-aspirated six-cylinder cranking out 435-horsepower due to a bump in engine capacity to 3.8 liters (up from 3.6 liters for the last version). Porsche claims the new GT3 will do the 0-62 in 4.1 seconds and will max out at 194 mph. Porsche, looking out for its customers, as well as looking for ways to break the laws of physics, has seen fit to include the sport-oriented Porsche Stability Management system that can disable stability control and traction control separately for better performance and flexibility.

There’s a unique aero package with bi-Xenon headlamps and LED tail lamps as well as a trick, active suspension. The GT3 comes with improved anti-rollbars and larger brakes. Later in the model year, the GT3 will be available with Porsche Active Drivetrain Mount engine mounts. Porsche says the slick engine mounts can recognize high-performance driving and stiffen up the normally stretchy “engine suspension.”

The Porsche GT3 goes on sale this October with a starting price of $112,200. European buyers can get their hands on a GT3 in May. Lucky bastards.

Source: LeftLaneNews

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New Porsche 911 GT3: At Home On The Road & On The Track

Thursday January 29th, 2009 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: tonyb

2010 Porsche 911 GT3Ah, the Porsche GT series … such fun. The kind of fun that keeps lawyers employed, tire dealers stocking up on new meats and cops waiting with their radar guns at the ready.

Let’s take a deeper look at Porsche’s new performer, shall we?

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New Generation of Porsche 911 Series Deliver More Power Using Less Fuel

Monday September 29th, 2008 at 12:99 PM
Posted by: Derek

Paris Motor Show news from Porsche. All of the major auto manufacturers are working hard to squeeze better fuel economy out of their line-up. Porsche may be a luxury brand, but their customers are also conscious of the steep gas prices and our dependency upon foreign oil. Now you can have your cake and use less fuel according to Porsche. I’ll have to dig further and find out how much of an improvement the new generation of engines, all with DFI, have moved up in fuel economy. The official press release (with photos) is below the jump, but doesn’t mention any numbers with regards to how much the reworked engines have improved.

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