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2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

Porsche has paved the way for sports car manufacturers for decades, and the main reason for that is the Porsche 911.  The prodigious 911 has changed form slightly over the years, but the core elements which make the 2013 Porsche 911 the leading sports car model remain true to the coupe’s pedigree.  Here are some of the features that set the 911 apart:

1.  Rear-engine format.  Few manufacturers have attempted the rear-engine format for sports cars, but Porsche has winnowed it down to a fine art.  More than just a talking point for enthusiasts, the rear-engine format gives the 911 a distinct feel all its own.  By transferring the weight of the engine to just above the rear axle, the 911 applies its torque where it counts the most as the vehicle’s weight shifts during acceleration.  Recent tweaks to the engine placement, suspension, and traction control electronics have corrected any semblance of oversteer present in older 911 models.  Motor Trend names the Porsche 911 as its “Best Driver’s Car.”

2.  Versatility.  By relying on a flat-six cylinder engine, the 911maintains a unique throttle feel and handling profile which caters to all types of drivers.  Live in the city?  The 911 routinely clocks in below 5 seconds in the 0-60 miles per hour split, ensuring that every stop light is an opportunity for the car to remind you why you love to drive.  Spend most of your time on rural and mountain roads?  The 911 begins at 350 horsepower and 287 lb.-ft. of torque and comes with available all-wheel drive, guaranteeing that the 911 remains stable while tackling winding roads.

3.  Variety.  A drive by your Arizona Porsche dealer will reveal another of the 911’s draws: more than 10 available trims.  The primary distinction between 911 models is whether the individual entry is of the Carrera or the Turbo persuasion, although these groupings contain multiple sub-trims.  Your 911 could be equipped with a 3.4-liter, 350 horsepower engine up to a 3.8-liter turbocharged powerplant providing 530 horsepower.  The 911 comes in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions in both coupe and convertible 2+2 formats.  The transmissions available include a 7-speed traditional manual and a 6-speed auto-clutch manual option with all the control of a standard transmission without the hassle of constant two-footing in traffic.  There is a 911 for everyone.

4.  Cutting-edge technology.  Porsche understands that there is no replacement for pure power, but a manufacturer’s commitment to keeping the “sports” in sports car need not require abandoning 21st Century luxuries.  From its electronic rev-matching computer that eases downshifting without driver input to its premium surround sound system, Porsche Communication Management, and numerous other quality-of-life features, the 911 combines everything that makes contemporary luxury cars desirable with the raw driving experience of a classic European sports coupe.

5.  Prestige.  There is simply no match for the Porsche 911.  Anyone who has driven the new Carrera 4S will likely describe it as one of the most fun cars they have driven, and the recognizable round headlights and low-sweeping body lines of the world’s greatest sports coupe never go unnoticed.  Call or visit Porsche of Tucson to discover your own list of reasons to love the 2013 Porsche 911.