2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. Click image to enlarge
Review and photos by Paul Williams
Most Porsche reviews I’ve written go something like this: saw it, drove it, loved it, you should get one. This piece will largely follow the pattern, so if you want to skip straight to the Porsche website to spec out yours, it’s Porsche.ca.
One thing, though: this particular test car costs $139,800, which – and I don’t mean to presume – could be a little out of your comfort zone. If that’s the case, check out the used Porsches at autoTRADER.ca. You may luck out.
What we have here is a Racing Yellow 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S. This is the second year of the new “991” platform, lighter, sleeker and a little bigger than the previous generation.
The “911” means this model is an evolution of the iconic, rear-engine Porsche first introduced in 1965 (itself an evolution of Porsches back to the company’s formation). Almost all 911 models are “Carreras”, commemorating Porsche’s motorsports victories. The “4” means, among other things, that you can have great fun in the winter as it’s got all-wheel drive. The “S” means it’s got 50 more horsepower from its 3.8L flat-six-cylinder engine than the base Carrera, giving you 400 hp and 350 lb-ft torque under foot.
The “Racing Yellow” is one of four no-extra-charge colours you can select when ordering your car (the others are red, black and white). Frankly, I doubt many people actually order Racing Yellow, but I reckon it’s a colour many people enjoy seeing. True, some may think it possesses a certain, “DID YOU NOTICE I’M DRIVING A PORSCHE!” attitude to it, but I suspect owners are rightly trying to please themselves, not others. If you don’t like it, get some Wayfarers.
The base price for a Carrera 4S is $120,500, so its as-tested price here includes a modest amount for options that the typical buyer might check off. The big-ticket items are the $5,080 Premium Package (heated seats, auto-dimming mirrors, Porsche Dynamic Light System headlights in conjunction with 18-way power sports seats), the $3,370 Sports Exhaust, the $2,010 Sport Chrono Package, the $2,280 power sliding roof and the $2,770 Bose audio system.
In comparison, the $310 heated steering wheel seems almost a freebie; and similarly the 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels at $1,340 and the $710 multi-function steering wheel shouldn’t cause much internal debate.