Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Five-Point Inspection: 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S
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4. It’s crazy fast

The new C4S is fast, but you probably already knew that. What’s impressive is just how fast it is.

Wrung-out at the AutoGuide Test Track it can now lay claim to holding the second fastest lap time of any car we’ve ever tested there. With a 1:19.634 time the only car that posted a better result was the Audi R8 V10 plus. Just over a second quicker, that Audi costs tens of thousands more, makes 150 hp more, has four more cylinders and had fancy carbon ceramic brakes. Plus, our R8 tester came equipped with a dual-clutch transmission that should be good for a few tenths of a second.

After posting the lap time and consistently pulling 1.2 gs in the corners, our hot shoe David Pratte commented; “There was zero fear factor driving the 991 at the limit (unlike the R8, which did feel like it wanted to kill me if I pushed it too hard). The Porsche definitely inspires confidence and makes you feel like a better driver.”

Comparing it to the Cayman S he said the mid-engined Porsche “feels like the better balanced car (because it is), but the 991’s ability to put the power down thanks to all that weight over the rear tires (and the AWD system) really gave it a huge advantage over its mid-engine little brother.”

  • Alfie

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