Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

1. It’s slick, really slick.

Without fail, reviews of powerful manual transmission cars include justifications for the notchy feel and heavy operation required. Such high performance engines require beefy components, or so the excuses go. The Porsche 911 proves that’s not the case.

It delivers 400 hp and can hit 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds. Anyone who claims it’s not a true sports car belongs in an asylum. Powerful and fast, it’s one of the single best gearboxes on the market. It snicks between gears with ease, each short throw progressing naturally from the gate before it.

About the only piece keeping this transmission from being declared perfection is the rather long clutch pedal travel.

  • Alfie

    Seems stupid that the Sport mode turns off the rev-matching feature.