As turbos have taken over the Porsche range, there has always been the 911 Turbo. Only now it’s even more turbo-nutter than it was. It’s such a monster, yet the next minute it’s just a docile thing that you’ll doubt your own short-term memory.
But outright power hasn’t ever been the problem with the 911 Turbo. Perhaps any shortcomings would be viewed more as in the handling department, and of course the weightier Cabriolet would be the most prone. So how have they managed to deal with that in this upgrade?
Before you can even look at that question you have to get past the sheer devastating power on tap from the twin-turbocharged 3.8-litre flat six. Plant your foot and the Turbo Cabrio launches forward with epic violence. Controlled violence, controlled by the seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox and by the electronics, but violence nonetheless. It makes your stomach churn the way it rockets forward, whatever the speed or condition. Keep it in Soort or Sport Plus and the transmission will snap through the gears with commensurate velocity.
But, yes, let’s stop going on about that and look at how the handling deals with all that. This is still not as good as say a GT3, but then you wouldn’t have any right to expect that. But it is noticeably better than it was. The feeling of neutrality has gone, to be replaced by a sense of engagement and even a bit of enjoyable oversteer.
The changes wrought to make the Cabriolet over the Coupe mean that there is more weight here and perhaps that leads to a touch of understeer a moment earlier, but generally you’d be hard pushed to tell the difference. Differences are a little more pronounced in the ride quality. The stiffening of the chassis to accommodate the lack of roof have led to a slight stiffening of the initial ride response. It’s never harsh, but it’s a touch more intrusive than it was.
In the cabin the seats really are hugely uncomfortable. At least the two in the rear are. The two in the front are electrically adjustable sports seats and they’re just great. The rest of the cabin is too, and the slight but constant level of road roar could be argued adds to the ambience rather than detracts from it.
What a package. One that adds in the Sport Chrono Pack, four-wheel steer and active four-wheel drive as standard, on top of everything else. If you want the soft-top, and you want all that immense performance, controlled by a four-wheel drive system and a very competent chassis, then this could well be for you. Sure, you could save quite a bit of money and have the vivacity of a rear-wheel drive Carrera or GT, or you could spend yet more money chasing a probably unnecessary increase in speed from the Turbo S. Or you could just buy this one. You won’t be disappointed, how could you?
Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
On sale: Now
Engine: 6cyl horizontally opposed, 3800cc, twin-turbo, petrol
Power: 532bhp at 6400rpm
Torque: 489lb ft at 1950-5000rpm
Gearbox: 7-spd dual-clutch automatic
Kerb weight: 1740kg
Top speed: 198mph
Economy: 30.4mpg (combined)
CO2/tax band: 216g/km, 37%