If you are really into cars you will know what I mean when I say the Cabriolet version of anything fast is always viewed as being the softer, weaker "lilly-livered" version of the real thing, made to cater for the whims of wealthy hairdressers or 60 year old stock-brokers with well nailed down rugs.
Well, as is tradition in Stuttgart Porsche have just announced the release of their new 911 Turbo Cabriolet hot on the heels of the awesome 911 Turbo Coupe.
The new 911 Turbo Cabriolet is much the same as the Coupe sans the roof. This means it comes with the same 3.6-litre flat six-cylinder with twin-turbochargers that employ the latest Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG) to further reduce turbo-lag.
The 3.6-litre produces 353Kw and a stump pulling 620 Nm at 1950 rpm. Top speed is 310km/h while the dash from 0-100km/h takes just 3.8 for the Tiptronic (automatic) and 4.0 seconds neat for the manual.
For the hard-core horsepower enthusiast there is the optional "Sports Chrono Turbo Package" which includes an over-boost function that allows for short bursts of increased turbo boost. Expect to see up to 680Nm of torque if you push this button on your way to the mall.
A combination of light weight (the cabriolet only weighs 70kgs more than the 1350 kg coupe), excellent aerodynamics and supreme engineering see the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet achieve a remarkable 12.9-litres per 100 kilometres.
Like the coupe the cabriolet version is all-wheel-drive and uses a bunch of acronyms to tame the 353Kw and keep everything on the straight and narrow. Porsches excellent Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard kit as is Porsche Stability Management (PSM) along with Porsche Traction Management (PTM). There should be little chance of punting this Porsche into a fence?
The front brake calipers are borrowed from the Porsche Carrera GT and if you like you can option the lightweight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes or PCCB. The dealer will know what you mean...
Just in case all of the acronyms fail, the cabriolet includes a number of passive safety features including six airbags, steel tubing integrated into the windscreen frame and a comprehensive rollover protection system.
Standard equipment includes:
19 inch forged wheels
Top tinted windscreen
Porsche Communication Management (PCM) ) ? with the satellite navigation module and color monitor
Bose Surround Sound System
The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is expected to land down-under in September of this year and the price will start at $357,900.00 or about 2983 cut and blow-waves.
If you are interested in high-performance convertibles then you may like to click on the link to read about the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Roadster.
If driver focused hard-top Porsches are your preference then click on this link to read about the 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS