Three's a Crowd With the Porsche 911's Steering Wheels

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Porsche is known for extensive personalization options, making every 911 as unique as possible. You want the key fob painted the same color as the car? Done. That'll be $335. Don't like the 911's steering wheel? That's fine because there are three steering wheel choices for the 2013 Porsche 911. Yes, three.

I was initially perplexed by the lack of steering-wheel audio controls on our 911 Carrera 4S test car. I can stand behind the purity of a sports car with a bare bone, sport-themed steering wheel sans audio controls like the Subaru BRZ/Scion FR-S, but the 4S sent mixed messages. Four control stalks behind the steering wheel took away the simplicity and elegance of the gorgeous driver command center. They also frustrated when I accidentally switched various information displays while trying to set the cruise control.

By Joe Bruzek | August 30, 2013 | Comments (3)

2013 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition: Photo Gallery

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In celebration of its 50th year, Porsche is launching a special edition version of its 911, with retro styling cues inside and out.

Based on the Carrera S model, the rear-wheel anniversary edition is powered by a 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine and a Powerkit that increases engine performance; the coupe is rated at 430 horsepower and has a top speed of 186 mph. Porsche says it's capable of a zero-to-60 sprint in 3.8 seconds with the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and 4.2 seconds with the seven-speed manual.

Outside, the wide-body coupe wears special 20-inch matte black wheels with machine-polished centers. Other distinguishing features include chrome strips on the front air inlets, fins on the engine compartment grille and a two-tone 3-D badge on the rear lid with the numbers "911 50." Exterior paint colors are unique too, limited to a dark graphite gray, light geyser gray metallic and black monochrome.

By Jennifer Geiger | June 4, 2013 | Comments (3)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Porsche 911

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With the 911, Porsche excels at delivering sights, sounds and feelings, says Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley. From the car's eye-searing Racing Yellow exterior paint to its burbling, throaty exhaust note, driving the Carrera 4S Cabriolet is sensory overload — in an exciting way. But this sports car icon is also good at cleaning out your wallet; his test car clocked in at $147,175.

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By Jennifer Geiger | June 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

Most-Watched Videos of the Week

The 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee used its formidable off-roading prowess to climb over last week's most-watched video, the 2013 Ram Heavy Duty pickup. The Jeep claims the No. 1 spot in its second week. In the video, Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek, using the top-trim Summit model as an example, notes how subtle changes have made a good SUV a great one. Newcomers to this week's list include the 2013 Volvo S60 T6 at No. 4 and the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet at No. 5. Check out what else was popular:

1. 2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee
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4. 2013 Volvo S60 T6

5. 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
By Matt Schmitz | June 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet Video

The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet is the uncommon convertible sports car you won't mind driving with the top up. Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek says the hardtop convertible compromises little of the coupe's driving experience. The all-wheel-drive droptop's 400-horsepower six-cylinder engine is paired with a seven-speed manual transmission and overall, the car does a surprisingly good job of keeping out road noise. Still, a simple-to-operate, quick-lowering top and one-button wind deflector will likely help make that top-up driving benefit something you only use as a last resort. Watch the video above.

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By Matt Schmitz | May 28, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Photo Gallery

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For the price difference you pay for the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet over the coupe, you could buy a new Nissan Versa. For the price difference between the base-model Carrera 4S Cabriolet and a fully loaded one, you could buy a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 1LT — with a droptop.

Starting at $118,480 and topping out at $147,175 (including a $950 destination charge), it's a safe assumption that either you can afford it or that your long-term investment strategy is still finding its way. In either case, what you'll find is that the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S Cabriolet offers a rare balance between the performance aspects of a luxury sports car and the touring experience of a convertible

The Carrera 4S cabrio's 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine is mated to a seven-speed manual transmission, generating 400 horsepower and 325 pounds-feet of torque for a zero-to-60 time of 4.5 seconds. Exterior styling changes for 2013 include wider rear wheels and rear fenders, a light strip connecting the rear taillights and a revised front grille. Abundant safety, comfort and tech features come standard, and racing yellow paint and a black roof are no-cost options. Flourishes like a black leather interior, sport exhaust and black wheels will cost you thousands, however.

Check out the gallery below.

By Matt Schmitz | May 23, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S: First Look

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  • Competes with: 2014 Audi R8 5.2, 2014 Nissan GT-R
  • Looks like: A 911 with swollen rear fenders
  • Drivetrain: 520- or 560-hp, twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder; seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission; all-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2013

The new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S are the latest, most powerful additions to the 911 lineup since the platform was redesigned for the 2012 model year. A steady release of new 911 variants, including the 911 Carrera, 911 Carrera 4 and track-oriented 911 GT3, continues with the bad-boy 560-horsepower Turbo S. Porsche says it's capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 2.9 seconds. The "entry-level" 911 Turbo with 520 hp takes 3.2 seconds to reach 60 mph.

By Joe Bruzek | May 3, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Photo Gallery

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911 buyers will once again be able to hit the track in Porsche's new high-performance GT3 that's positioned at the top of the 911 lineup and set to go on sale later this year.

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Power comes from a 475-horsepower, 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine, which teams only with a recalibrated seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The rear-wheel-drive GT3 gets numerous aerodynamic enhancements like a large rear spoiler, front and rear lip spoilers, numerous air vents and special 20-inch wheels.

Porsche claims the new GT3 needs just 3.3 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph, and it can reach a top speed of 195 mph. It even has rear-wheel steering for spirited handling and stability, a Porsche first.

Check out photos of Porsche's new 911 GT3 to get your adrenaline pumping, below. Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Robby DeGraff | April 2, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S at Roebling Road Raceway: Photo Gallery

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The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S is among a quartet of new incarnations — along with the Carrera 4 and a corresponding cabriolet for both the 4 and 4S — in the automaker's 2013 911 lineup. A notable addition is the new all-wheel-drive system, Porsche Traction Management, paired with a 3.8-liter flat-six engine and a seven-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission. Porsche says it's good for 400 horsepower, a zero-to-60 time of 4.3 seconds and a 185-mph top speed.

The 4S starts at about $106,580, including a $950 destination fee. Though you may not be able to tell by looking, the new 911 boasts a slightly wider rear wheel housing, extending out an extra 22 mm, while the rear tires are 10 mm wider. Other distinguishing features include a center brake-light strip on the taillights, nameplate decals and a new glass sunroof option. Check out Cars.com photographer Evan Sears' photos below.

By Matt Schmitz | March 5, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Porsche 911 GT3: First Look

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  • Competes with: Audi R8, Nissan GT-R, Aston Martin V8 Vantage
  • Looks like: A 911 for track-day enthusiasts
  • Drivetrain: 475-hp, 3.8-liter horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission; rear-wheel drive
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2013
  • MSRP: $131,350 including $950 destination charge

The track-oriented Porsche 911 GT3 returns for the 2014 model year. Last offered for 2011 on the prior-generation 911 sports car, the new GT3 is more powerful, brings new technology to Porsche's lineup, starts at a higher price and has the kind of dramatic rear wing that's come to symbolize the model. It hits U.S. dealerships late this year.

Like other 911s, the GT3 uses a horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine, though Porsche says the GT3's engine doesn't share many parts. It's a high-revving engine, with peak output of 475 horsepower arriving at 8,250 rpm. Peak torque of 324 pounds-feet is achieved at 6,250 rpm, and the engine's redline is 9,000 rpm.

Rather than a conventional manual transmission like that fitted in the previous GT3, the 2014 model gets a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission with more closely spaced gears, quicker shifting operation and shorter-travel shift paddles compared to other 911s, according to Porsche.

By Mike Hanley | March 4, 2013 | Comments (2)

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