911 Turbo and Turbo S cabrios revealed

25 September, 2013 | by Rowan Horncastle

When we first drove the new Porsche Turbo S, it was literally too fast for our eyes.  The way the four-wheel-drive, four-wheel-steer monster put down 417kW and a ludicrous 750Nm and proceeded to shoot us towards the horizon made us momentarily blind. Well now, that slightly scary, yet addictive sensation can now be done without a roof over your head. Say hello to the new Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S.

The new models use the same 3.8-litre flat six, developing 388kW in the 911 Turbo cabriolet and 417kW in the 911 Turbo S cabriolet. That’s 22kW more than the previous generation of scalped Turbos and leads to a 0-100kph time 0.2 quicker than their predecessors – 3.5 seconds for the Turbo and 3.2 seconds for the Turbo S – too. They’re still a tenth slower than their hard top siblings, but those numbers suggest that they’re still blindingly quick. Especially considering both of them have a top speed of 317kph.

Porsche has designed the fabric roof with a lightweight magnesium frame so it maintains the same curve to produce the same silhouette as the coupe. It’ll take around 13 seconds to close the lid and you can do it up to a speed of 59kph.

Elsewhere it’s pretty much the same as the hard top Turbo and Turbo S. The two cabs make use of the same active aerodynamics (that big rear wing and a rubber lip at the front that deploys above 120kph) and are built on a body that’s 28mm wider than the 911 Carrera 4. With these broader shoulders a PDK gearbox and the use of the same four-wheel-steer system that’s in the GT3, it could be one of the fastest point-to-point cabrios ever.

We’ll see the car in the flesh for the first time at the LA Auto Show in November and it’ll go on sale December with prices starting at *R1.9m for the Turbo and *R2.35m for the Turbo S. So, this or a 458 Spider?

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