What is it?
The Porsche 911 Turbo is a hammer-blow of a car. And we’re talking about a proper hammer. Thor’s hammer, that sort of thing. None of your flimsy budget tools.
Even in the Cabriolet variant tested here, the technology that underpins the Turbo could virtually be the stuff of mythology because it’s further enhanced the endearingly bonkers, two-faced nature of the 911 Turbo; stomach-writhingly brutal one moment, and pussycat pleasant the next.
The twin-turbo 3.8-litre flat-six engine gets new turbos with bigger compressors that lift power and torque to 532bhp and 489lb ft (524lb ft with overboost), with the latter in full force from 1950-5000rpm.
Adaptive dampers, Sport Chrono pack complete with driving modes, four-wheel steer and the seven-speed dual clutch PDK automatic gearbox are all standard, as is – of course – the active four-wheel drive system.
The problem is that the Turbo has always been seen as somewhat less dynamically effervescent than its more purist, rear-wheel drive counterparts. More about the straight-line pace, and less about the twisty stuff – and that goes even more for the heavier convertible.
So, have the upgrades made the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet more thrilling and purist-appropriate, or does it remain one of the least recommendable 911s?