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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible


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Despite Porsche unveiling the 911 Turbo Coupe earlier this year, Porsche decided to make us wait a little bit longer for the Convertible version. We’re not too sure why Porsche waited so long, but to no surprise, the convertible version features the same design language and features as the Turbo coupe .

Just like with the coupe, the new 911 Turbo Convertible will be about 1.1 inches wider than the base 911 Carrera 4 and will receive a new all-wheel-drive system, active rear-axle steering and adaptive aerodynamics. The main difference is, of course, the fabric top that opens and closes in just 13 seconds.

The new 911 Turbo Convertible will be put on sale early next year at a starting price of $160,700 for the Turbo version and $193,900 for the Turbo S version.

Updated 09/23/2013: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible.

Exterior

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

With exception to its convertible top and the slight change in roofline that it brings, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet carries the exact same design language as its coupe brother. the driver can operate the drop top at speeds of up to 31 mph, and it takes just 13 seconds to completely lower it. Also included is a newly developed power wind deflector that allows the driver to enjoy the sunshine without tons of turbulence and with minimal wind noise. The wind deflector takes just two seconds to deploy and stays active all the way up to 75 mph.

Just like its coupe sibling, the 911 Turbo Convertible is equipped with Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA), which includes a retractable, three-stage front spoiler and a deployable rear wing with three positions. At low speeds, the front spoiler and rear wing hide out of site to give the 911 a sleek look. At about 75 mph, they partially extended to add extra downforce with minimal drag. At higher speeds, the driver can fully extend the spoiler and wing, giving the 911 maximum downforce.

Also, new in the 911 Turbo models are revised LED headlights equipped with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS+).

Exterior Dimensions:

Wheelbase96.46 inches
Width74.02 inches w/o mirrors
Length177.4 inches
Height51.02 inches

Interior

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

The interior, to no surprise, will also be identical to the coupe version. For the Turbo S version, Porsche offers a Black/Carrera Red trim combined with adaptive Sport Seat Seat Plus seats with 18-way adjustment and memory. The backrest shells of the seats are leather trimmed with double cap seams, while numerous other elements are trimmed in carbon fiber.

As standard, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet receives a Bose sound system, but buyers can opt for a Burmester system. Also optional it a radar-controlled adaptive Cruise Control system, a camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition function, and rearview camera.

Drivetrain

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Under the hood, the Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible features a turbocharged 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers 520 horsepower. In the Turbo S variant, this 3.8-liter, six-pot cranks out 560 horsepower. This powerful six hooks up to a seven-speed PDK transmission. This drivetrain combines to zip the 911 Turbo Convertible to 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds and the Turbo S in 3 seconds flat, and up to a respective top speed of 195 mph and 197 mph.

Both variants maintain respectable fuel economy for their output, as they come in at 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Drivetrain Specifications

Model 911 Turbo Convertible 911 Turbo S Convertible
Displacement3.8L3.8L
Max. Power (HP @ RPM)520 @ 6000 - 6500560 @ 6500 - 6750
Max. Torque (FT-LB @ RPM)487 @ 1950 - 5000 rpm516 @ 1950 - 5000
Max. Torque with Overboost (FT-LB @ RPM)524 @ 2100 - 4250524 @ 2200 - 4000
Compression ratio9.8:19.8:1
TransmissionSeven-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)Seven-Speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK)
DrivetrainActive all-wheelActive all-wheel
Top Track Speed195 MPH197 MPH
Acceleration (0 - 60 MPH)3.3 Sec. (3.1 W/ Sport Chrono)3 Sec.
Quarter Mile11.5 Sec. (11.3 W/ Sport Chrono)11.1 Sec.
City17 MPG, Est.17 MPG, Est.
Highway24 MPG, Est.24 MPG, Est.

Suspension and Brakes

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

The new 911 Turbo models were built on a new chassis and sit on a wheelbase that is 3.93 inches longer than last year’s model, giving it a more secure stance. Twenty-inch wheels come standard on the 911 Turbo Convertible, as do Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) for decreased stopping distances and Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) to help improve its handling characteristics.

For the first time, the 911 Turbo is equipped with a rear axle steering that enhances both day-to-day usability and performance. It features two electromechanical actuators, which are installed on the rear axle instead of conventional toe control arms and controls the wheels of the 911 from +/- 2.8 degrees in the opposite direction to or the same direction as the steering angle on the front axle, as needed.

Prices

Model MSRP
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible$160,700
Porsche 911 Turbo S Convertible$ 193,900

Spy Shots

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

From the uncovered model that we caught in a parking lot, you can easily see that the 911 Turbo Cabriolet offers up no surprises at all. It carries all of the same updates as the coupe model, including the revised taillight, updated headlights and new exhaust exits.

Rendering

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible
Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

As you can see above, our rendering of the 911 Turbo Convertible was fairly accurate, but there were a few flaws. We were incorrect on the hood louvers, the type of spoiler and the shape of the rear air outlets. Overall, however, the rendering was pretty spot on for being so early in the process.

Competitors

2014 Audi R8 V10 Spyder

Audi R8 V10 Spyder

The Audi R8 V10 Spyder was unveiled in 2008 and for the 2014 model year, it received a small revision. The model received a new single-frame grille, a new bumper and a new carbon-fiber front splitter. The entire lineup received new headlamps with LED technology.

Under the hood, the R8 V10 received a hand-built 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 525 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. With these updates, the R8 V10 sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 193.25 mph.

Audi priced the R8 V10 Spyder at $164,700 for the manual version and at $173,800 for the S tronic version.

Aston Martin Vantage V12 Roadster

Aston Martin Vantage

The V12 Vantage is powered by a 6.0-liter, V-12 engine producing 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. This amount of power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and up to a top speed of 190 mph.

Conclusion

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

Despite the extended wait, the 911 Turbo Convertible offers no surprises when compared to what we have seen in the coupe model. While the model was offered as an evolution, not a revolution — in true Porsche spirit — it does indeed offer some major updates over the previous generation that will make it even more competitive among competition. We are a little put off on the timing of the release, as summer is quickly winding down, which means the convertible-buying season is nearly over.

LOVE IT
  • More powerful when compared to previous model
  • New technologies
  • Turbo S version sounds very promising
LEAVE IT
  • No major updates on the exterior
  • Quite expensive, as usual
  • Why the long wait? Now buyers have to wait until spring to enjoy their convertible.

Press Release

Porsche is adding two new models to the 911 range: the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. These new models combine the dynamic range of the new 911 Turbo models with the driving pleasure offered by an open-top sports car. 50 years after the 911 made its debut, and coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, the open-top versions of the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S are make their global debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on November 20, 2013. By adding the two new 911 Turbo models into the mix, Porsche is doubling its offering of the top-of-the-range models to four versions.

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

In extending the range, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet deliver the same blend of sporty dynamism, performance and efficiency offered by the Coupe model unveiled a few months ago. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine delivers 520 hp in the open-top 911 Turbo and 560 hp in the S model. The cars accelerate from zero to 60mph in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively, reaching a top speed of up to 195 mph. When compared against the respective predecessor models, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet’s deliver 30 more horsepower and are 0.2 seconds faster in terms of their standard acceleration. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet U.S. EPA fuel consumption ratings are 17.0 mpg city and 24.0 mpg highway.

Active rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics for improved performance and efficiency

The driving capability offered by the two new top-of-the-range Cabriolet models is something that cannot be expressed in simple figures. With a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission as standard and the new PTM all-wheel drive, as well as rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics, the open-top 911 Turbo models are establishing Porsche technology in the open-top super sports car segment. While the rear-axle steering has an immensely positive impact on handling, both on the racetrack and during everyday use, the active aerodynamics are adjusted to offer optimum efficiency or driving performance at the touch of a button, depending on the driver’s selection.

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

More than ever before, both of these new top-of-the-range models make a clear visual statement about their performance. The wide flared rear fenders of the new 911 Turbo generation are 1.1 in. wider than those of the 911 Carrera 4 models – a virtually level surface and just over a hand’s width extend out from the C-pillar to the outer edge of the vehicle’s body. The impressive width is accentuated further when the top is down.

Another eye-catching feature of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is the exclusive Porsche retractable roof with its lightweight magnesium frame. This innovative technology enables the Coupe-like arch to the roof to be preserved when the top is closed. This arch, which offers advantages in terms of aerodynamics, is not feasible using conventional construction techniques. As with predecessor models, the roof opens and closes in around 13 seconds, at speeds of up to 30 mph.

Premium materials in the interior

Porsche 911 Turbo Convertible

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 an exclusive interior available in Black/Carrera Red and adaptive Sport Seats Plus with 18-way adjustment and memory. In addition, the backrest shells of the seats are leather trimmed with double stitched seams, and various elements are made from lightweight carbon fiber. As with predecessor models, the Bose sound system is fitted as standard, and for the first time, a Burmester sound system is available as an option. The radar-controlled adaptive Cruise Control system, camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition function and reverse camera are also available as options.

The new top-of-the-range 911 Cabriolet models will be launched onto the market in early 2014. In the United States, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet costs $160,700 and the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet costs $193,900. Note: Prices do not include destination charges of $950.



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