Motor Trend has named the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S its best driver's car for 2013. The annual
competition for the title included some of the best performance cars that have gone on sale in the past year. The new C4S follows the 2012 Best Driver's Car award winner, a two-wheel-drive Carrera S.

Determining the winner of the coveted title isn't easy. Each vehicle is pushed through Motor Trend's normal battery of instrumented tests. Editors then spend time with each car over a 500-mile tour of mixed conditions before a final batch of testing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with pro racer Randy Pobst at the wheel.

The video below features one of the Carrera's hot laps with Pobst at the wheel, providing commentary on just what the car is like at its limits. Also, there's plenty of that sweet, distinctive, Porsche flat-six howl. Take a look below for the full video.
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Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Named 2013 Motor Trend Best Driver's Car

Atlanta. Motor Trend has named the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S as its Best Driver's Car for 2013. The Best Driver's Car honor is decided after a yearly competition among the top new or improved performance cars available in the U.S. market. This is the second consecutive year that a 911 variant has won the award.

"The 911 Carrera 4S has terrific balance, telepathic steering, a potent engine, and a lightning quick transmission," said Ed Loh, Editor-in-Chief of Motor Trend. "But what impressed our judges the most was the confidence and joy it delivered, on the street and at the track. Congratulations to the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car for 2013."

"This is a significant honor for our brand as we celebrate the 50th birthday of our 911 sports car this year," said Detlev von Platen, President and CEO, Porsche Cars North America, Inc. "Being named Motor Trend's Best Driver's Car shows that our flagship car still has the same appeal it has had for 50 years."

Each year, Motor Trend editors choose the car that most compels them to want to drive. Each contender is run through a series of instrumented performance tests, a 500-mile road trip highlighted by aggressive canyon driving on a closed course and finally, evaluation at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The test aims to go beyond the numbers to uncover the one vehicle that offers enthusiasts the most engaging and rewarding driving experience possible.

The Porsche 911 Carrera 4S, along with its opponents, is currently being featured during Best Driver's Car Week (August 19-23) on Motor Trend's website www.motortrend.com and YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/motortrend. Enthusiasts can follow all the track testing action that took place at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and discover how each of the competitors performed throughout the competition by viewing a series of stories and videos.


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      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      I just can't believe how expensive they are. Peter DeLorenzo, the Autoextremist, just tested a beautiful 4S this week and it listed for more than $150,000. When I was a kid, the 911 was expensive, but it was about the same price as a new Cadillac/Lincoln sedan, $7-10,000. Today's Caddys go for an average of $50-60,000, so the 911 has really jumped out of the realm of "normally well-off" individuals.
        Bernard
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I could get a C7 for the price of Boxster, and a ZR1 for the price of a base 911. That's of course if you go by average real world transaction prices and not the fairy tale "starting price" they list in magazines. Porsche is no longer a value buy. If you don't have 6 figures to spend you can't afford a 911, and if you have less than $180k to spend you won't be getting a turbo.
        TrippulG3
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        I know you're talking about new prices, but really, the best way to go if you want to get into a 911 is to wait a few years and buy one with a few thousand miles on the clock. You can get low-mileage 997's now starting around 40k. Personally, I'd rather have a used 911 than just about any other car on the road for that money.
          AcidTonic
          • 1 Year Ago
          @TrippulG3
          I actually had the same exact thought. I had $50K+ to spend but was looking for something really really fun. My list looked like this.... Used R34 legally imported GT-R - $44K Used 996 Turbo - $38K Used Lotus Exige - $43K Used Lotus Elise - $35K V8 monster miata for sale locally - $27K LS1 swapped RX-7 - $26K Settled with a 2012 Lancer Evolution X GSR 5 speed. I had the IX so I was a bit biased, but I couldn't see the point of paying Porsche prices or having people try to rip me off knowing I drive a P-car. Instead I bought the pure drivers car that wasn't eye-popping or catchy. Plus it has a 7 year warranty and the best mod potential of everything I looked at for the money. Almost got a new GT-R instead but cannot live without my manual. The car is not fun without it.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @artandcolour2010
        The options are incredibly expensive in these German cars. If you control yourself you can get it for much lower than that. But they are still expensive cars.
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      There is no denying, Porsche's are good drivers.
      Jay
      • 1 Year Ago
      From reading the feedback it sounds like there was really no comparison. The 911 was that much better than all the other cars. Read the Viper review for some real entertainment. Here's the link to the actual article: http://www.motortrend.com/features/performance/1311_2013_motor_trend_best_drivers_car/
      Stomp and steer
      • 1 Year Ago
      The viper in its rightful spot. Dead last........why would they send a car not ready to compete?
      Joe
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering that there are probably 200M drivers in the USA and way more worldwide, shouldn't the ultimate driver's car be attainable by at least 2% of those drivers? Affordability should be part of ultimate. Porsche's other models like the Cayman are still "ultimate" machines but are vehicles normal people could possibly buy at some point in their life. Why not just say an F1 car is the winner?
      Flo Vlt
      • 7 Days Ago

      Beautiful car! There was one for sale on this website: http://beltone-automobiles.fr/vehicules-Porsche-occasion-Lyon.html

      These are extraordinary vehicle and do not lose value!

      Flo Vlt
      • 7 Days Ago

      Beautiful car! There was one for sale on this website: http://beltone-automobiles.fr/vehicules-Porsche-occasion-Lyon.html

      These are extraordinary vehicle and do not lose value!

      • 1 Year Ago
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        Julius
        • 1 Year Ago
        Odd that you would say that, knowing that Ferrari has made plenty of "world class" sports cars, and yet only has one current AWD vehicle, the odd-looking FF. And also note that the #2 car - the SLS AMG - is RWD as well. And in any case, I'm sure GM is working on making a DCT fit. That said, many cars with a DCT have had issues at the lower price points they're used in - most notably in cars like the Ford Focus (perhaps why the #11 car is a MANUAL) ...
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Julius
          I wonder if part of the reason I don't see Ferrari's at my local track is because the cheapest one starts at $200,000. And if you expect to track it, you can probably add about $5K/session in maintenance. And it's odd that Ferrari isn't winning national street races because they are the leading the Rolex GT class as a manufacturer. And the top team is using a Ferrari.
          Julius
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Julius
          (continued) - would lose alot in terms of its handling if it wound up carrying another couple hundred pounds in AWD gear. And I'm not sure GM would think that the trade-off in fuel economy is worth the added expense and weight of an AWD system.
          Julius
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Julius
          @ Rob: So you're saying that "real sports cars only have DCT's and AWD?" That's a hard statement to back up as not every sports car NEEDS AWD. In fact - let's see how many SCCA National Championship points leaders have AWD vehicles: 2013 SCCA National Points Championship (as of 8/14/13): A-Spec: Pontiac Trans Am B-Spec: Mini Cooper EP: Mazda Miata FP: Acura Integra GT1: Jaguar XKR GT2: Porsche GT3 (RWD), leading a 997 and Corvette in second/third GT3: Acura Integra GTL: Nissan Sentra HP: Mini Cooper STL: Mazda Miata STU: Mazda Miata T1: Dodge Viper T2: Chevrolet Corvette - 4 spots ahead of a 996 911, and 6 ahead of an Evo IX... T3: Honda S2000 T4: Honda Civic Si (and I'm not even mentioning the 349 Miatas racing in the Nationals in the spec series) So to say that AWD is a must-have in racing isn't quite true. You even said it yourself: "Every educated guy on this forum would choose a Corvette or a 911 to go racing with", even though the Corvette isn't currently AWD (or planned to be). Arguably, a car like the Miata would be ruined by AWD - and yes, I consider the Miata a good driver's car - as do many SCCA racers. Simply put, adding a couple hundred pounds and raising the engine/hood a couple inches to accommodate a front differential and half-shafts may not be worth the trade off in perceived handling improvement in RWD-specific cars like the Miata and Corvette. Besides, there are other factors involved with the design of a car. A car like the Miata
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Julius
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      Duck
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's fine, they can call the Porsche a "drivers car" as long as they leave the title of best sports car to the Corvette! ;) But this is Motortrend, so the "best" titles are generally just purchased with ad revenue.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      I foresee the following - 16 year olds screaming, "durrr, but what about the Corvette?". Then the motoring enthusiasts (the most annoying people on earth after the WRX STI drivers, Apple and Tesla fanboys), bickering that it's AWD and has electro-mechanical steering.
        mrpinto
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        You couldn't stereotype Prius drivers and GT-R fans too? Man, as douchebag generalizing haters go, you're kind of... mediocre.
      Andrew Ramos
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would have never guessed an awd car would be picked as best driver's car, but it must be damn good.
        Robt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Ramos
        The Carrera 4S is heavily biased towards rear-wheel drive. The on-board computer diagnostics send power to the front wheels as judiciously as possible. The system is very different from Audi's; essentially you are driving a rear-wheel drive car with an occasional helping hand (that has a very light touch)
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Ramos
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          jdeli01
          • 1 Year Ago
          Dean Hammond It's outlawed no?...........
          Andrew Ramos
          • 1 Year Ago
          I'm not saying I'm surprised that awd can make for a better street car or even better performance. I'm saying I was surprised to see it made a better driver's car in this instance. I have driven a 550 rear wheel horsepower car on the street and I believe that a 240 horsepower S2000 makes a better driver's car. And I don't think driver's car necessarily has to be an all weather car... A balanced lightweight vehicle seems to be a general recipe for a good driver's car. All wheel drive would take away from that. With that said, I'd take an Audi S4 as my traction heavy street car of choice. But I'd take a rear wheel drive car for the track. Ignorance has nothing to do with it. Maybe your definition of driver's car is different from mine.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          explains why Formula 1 cars are AWD no?...........
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          Uh, nearly all modern sports cars have less than 600++++ hp, so I don't see how that's really relevant at all. And yes, AWD has a lot of advantages to RWD, but its certainly not ALWAYS superior. Your statement shows how ignorant you are about drivetrains.
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Ramos
        Took the words right out of my mouth, but I think it probably has to do with the "500-mile tour of mixed conditions."
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only hot car in Porsche's lineup. Very hot.
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