Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Cabriolet

Hooligan in disguise

"On the move, 911 Turbo is a hooligan in disguise"

"Porsche has a pedigree that doesn't look to be fading any time soon"

"September turned out to be a month of horses!" said Ershad

"It's a Porsche; there's no denying one can ever dislike the model"

All of a sudden, September turned out to be a month of horses! I mean, we started off with the all new Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (our tester here) and then a McLaren 650S, while our editor in chief took out the all new M4 and Audi R8 with a V10 block in it. While Porsche has kept us busy writing about the unconventional Panameras and Macans over the last few years, I must say they haven't forgotten the traditional building of supercars. After all, they have a pedigree that doesn't look be fading anytime soon!

Porsche 911 Cabriolet Turbo joined the lot soon after the coupe version was launched early this year. It was just two years ago when the Bavarian automaker announced a new platform for Carrera: longer and wider. Our tester uses the same platform. Engine sits in the rear, calm and silent. Turn on the machine and you know what all the money has been spent on: 520hp and a striking torque ticking 660Nm. Mind you, we haven't gotten our hands on the Turbo "S" yet.

Exterior
Is it a beauty? Of course yes, though my friends may not agree. Let me clarify; the culprit would only be their unconditional devotion to Italian counterparts. Otherwise, it's a supercar that looks awesome in and out. You can see the design has been borrowed from mid-1960s, while the convertible top goes old school: light canvas material power folded down.

Our test car was a red metallic (Amaranth red metallic to be specific) with a convertible black top. Those massive 20 inch 911 turbo wheels were attractive considering the overall size of the car which leans downwards. The wings are higher than front lid. Height and overhangs have been reduced.

Yellow brakes add up to the sporty contrast. They are better known as Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake. Upfront, we've got revised LED headlights combined with PDLS+ (Porsche dynamic light system plus) with painted headlamp cleaning system cover. The drop top can be operated at a speed of 50kph and it only takes 13 seconds. We also noticed a power wind deflector to shun off all the wind and noise when the top is open.

Interior
We had a leather interior trim in black for our Turbo variant. For the driver, he's got a view to five round instruments with the rev counter in the middle. There are many elements inside trimmed in carbon fiber. There's an instrument cluster with high resolution 4.6 inch color screen for infotainment. Seats are opted fully electric sports. Custom designing is a key seller for Porsche and they play the trick rightly so with options offered in interior colors, wood, leather, aluminum and carbon.

Drivetrain
Here's the deal: a 3.8 liter boxer twin-turbo engine with variable turbine geometry (VTG). Power transmission is done by its own Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Porsche traction management (PTM) active AWD. The highlight is "rear-axle steering", built-in as standard to offer better stability and swiftness. Over to safety department, Porsche has a speed limit indicator, reversing camera and adaptive cruise control including Porsche active safe (PAS).

Now here's how the turbo kicks in: two exhaust turbochargers with variable turbine geometry. With the expansion intake and VarioCam (variable valve timing system), the timing of the intake valves are altered by adjusting the tension on the timing chain connecting the intake and exhaust camshafts. That looks too technical. Basically, they've got a trick to shoot extra power.

Driving Impressions
On the move, 911 Turbo is a hooligan in disguise. You might not know it until the soft top gets down and all of a sudden the engine responds viciously. Power that shoots up to a figure of 520hp is transmitted through a double clutch arrangement. The seven speed gearbox offers a quick transition up until to the sixth speed with short ratios. It's only on its seventh gear where it has a long ratio with low engine revs- meant for better fuel efficiency. However, at times I felt a little lag at initial pick up. There's no limit for fun as long as the sport button on the center console is on. PDK ensures upshifts on higher speeds and quick downshifts. At the same time, suspension setup modifies by itself for sharper response. There was no drama on bends even on high speeds and I think it is because of torque vectoring system. Here it brakes the inner wheel of the car to keep going quicker with accuracy. Steering was ok on high speeds but needs to get a little tidier in slow city cruising. On a straight road, we reached 100kph in just 3.6 seconds and we saved another two seconds with the Sport plus activated. Now we are talking about a car with such great performance and still called street legal.

Verdict
So what's the final take? The all new Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet has a first challenge to address to its own fanatics. It's about placing the model in between Carrera S at one side (which is cheaper) and the 911 Turbo Cabriolet "S" (more powerful and expensive) on the other side. Once you get over that confusion, we can think about outsiders all the way from Jaguar F type, Chevrolet Corvette, Aston Martin V12 Vantage to the latest Audi R8 with V10 engine. The "like" points are: it's a Porsche, it's powerful, has a cool design from past and is a true performer. There's no denying one can ever dislike the model, it's up to his pocket weight and desire to own the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

Pros: looks sensual with roof down, powerful, ride quality, very quick, strong grip
Cons: visibility, tight rear seats, bit expensive versus a Carrera S Cabriolet which is much cheaper
Rivals: Audi R8 V10, Jaguar F-Type, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Engine: 3.8-litre boxer twin-turbo, 520 hp, 660 Nm
Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch automatic, AWD
Performance: 0-100 kph: 3.6 sec, 10.5 L /100 km, Top speed: 315 kph
Weight: 1665 kg

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