By Joe Bruzek on August 29, 2012
I was, however, reminded of my project Pontiac after popping out the Porsche’s retractable cupholders. A similar slide-out cupholder lives in my Trans Am’s center console. It holds beverages as proficiently as a cranky infant, leading to a “no drinks” policy in the TA. Surely the cupholders in Porsche’s $126,000 911 Carrera Cabriolet would be an improvement, right?
The execution is slightly better in the Porsche, but not by much. The most-improved function over my car’s bottle-rocket holder is the Porsche’s adjustable-diameter mouth; it can grasp beverages of varying width. On the Trans Am, fabric flaps are supposed to grasp the sides of different-sized containers; they don’t.
A problem on both is the single wire base that pops down after sliding out the holder. The beverage teeters on the thin base and never feels completely secured. The 20-ounce water and Gatorade bottles I used in the Carrera are secured better than in the Pontiac because of the adjustable diameter that closes to grip the bottle. The bottles still shimmied inside the holder, but never enough to tip over on my leisurely hour-plus commute to work.
Road Test Editor Joe Bruzek covers Cars.com’s short-and long-term fleet of test cars and drives a 1998 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. Email Joe