The dynamic prowess of the 911 Turbo combined with open-top driving pleasure defines the latest 911 Turbo Cabriolet models.
Some 50 years after the 911 made its debut and to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, the open-top versions of the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S will be revealed at the LA Auto Show on November 20.
Expressed in figures: The turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine delivers 383 kW (520 hp) in the open-top 911 Turbo and 412 kW (560 hp) in the S model. The cars accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.5 and 3.2 seconds respectively, reaching a top speed of up to 318 km/h. And all this while achieving fuel consumption figures just below the magical 10-litre ceiling – 9.9 L / 100 kms (equivalent to 231 g/km CO2) for both cars, in fact, under the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).
Compared to the out-going 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet models, the new generation cars deliver 30 hp more power and are 0.2 seconds faster in terms of their standard acceleration while paradoxically being 15 per cent more efficient.
Active rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics for even greater dynamism
The driving dynamics offered by the two new top-of-the-range Cabriolet models is something that cannot be expressed in simple figures. With PDK dual-clutch transmission as standard together with the new PTM all-wheel drive and rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics, the open-top 911 Turbo models are the ultimate open air performance cars. While the rear-axle steering has an immensely positive impact on handling for the two new super sports cars – both on the race track and during everyday use – the active aerodynamics can be tuned to offer optimum efficiency at the touch of a button, depending on the driver's mood.
More than ever before, both of these new top-of-the-range models also make a clear visual statement about their performance. The characteristic, widely flared rear haunches of the new 911 Turbo generation are 28 mm wider than those of the 911 Carrera 4 models – a virtually level surface of just over a hand's width extends out from the C-pillar to the outer edge of the vehicle. The impressive effect of this width is accentuated still further when the top is down.
Another eye-catching feature of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is the exclusive Porsche panel bow top with its lightweight magnesium frame. This innovative technology enables the Cabriolet to look exactly like its Coupe sibling when the top is closed. This identical arch, which also offers advantages in terms of aerodynamics, is not possible using conventional construction techniques. As with predecessor models, the roof opens and closes in around 13 seconds, at speeds of up to 50 km/h.
Premium furnishings in the interior
The interior of the new Cabriolet models follows that of the 911 Turbo Coupe. The S-model boasts a particularly extensive range of features, including adaptive Sport Seats with 18-way adjustment and memory, backrest shells in leather trim with double cap seams, and various carbon-fiber highlights. A two-tone Black/Carrera Red interior is also available as a no-cost option.
As with the predecessor models, the Bose sound system is fitted as standard – and, for the first time, a Burmester system is also available on request. What's more, the radar-controlled adaptive Cruise Control system, camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition function and reversing camera are also available as options.
The new top-of-the-range 911 Cabriolet models are now on sale in Australia priced from $388,800 and $463,100 respectively, with customer deliveries commencing towards late April 2014.