Better than ever, and critically – better handling than ever. Our test car did without the active anti-roll bars (PDCC), but still delivered an edge of playfulness to its handling that’s new to the previously more neutral-feeling Turbo. It turns in with the same gut-twisting grip levels, but a well-timed lift introduces some cheeky, manageable oversteer, or you can simply adjust your line with more prudent throttle adjustments. It’s subtle, and there’s no doubting that the Turbo remains a more heavy-handed thing than the rear-wheel-drive Carrera models, let alone the sublime GT3, but it is now more engaging than it was.
And the sufferance brought about to the handling by the soft-top? Honestly, while the extra weight might tell in understeer kicking in a fraction earlier, you’d need to drive the Cabriolet and Coupé models back-to-back to really feel the difference. By any standard, scuttle shake is pretty much non-existent, and anybody who likes a drop-top really isn’t going to be disappointed in any way.
The more noticeable compromise is in ride comfort, where the Cabriolet resorts to a more jarring initial bump absorption than the coupé. It’s still more than acceptable (despite standard 20in alloys) given that this is a seriously intense sports car, but even in Comfort mode, you’ll occasionally be wincing at the very short vertical spring travel and – over sharp-edged intrusions - slightly brittle-feeling damping.
Overlaying all of this is the devastation of that engine. It’s a proper kick in the guts, the way it goes from mooch to rampage in a heartbeat. Provided it’s in Sport or Sport Plus modes to gee the gearbox into rapid-fire mode, you get a fraction of a pause before it fires you forward. In the more moderate ebb and flow of real-world use, it remains a gut-twistingly potent scale of performance that you can use as aggressively or sedately as you wish given its unintimidating power delivery.
The easy living continues inside the 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Electrically adjustable sports seats are standard and move in every direction you’d want while delivering plenty of support. It’s refined in there, too – an electronically raised wind deflector is included, and with that up you’re well protected from buffeting with the roof down, even at higher speeds.
The standard colour touchscreen and nav system are easy to use and offer all the connectivity and audio functions you could want.
Road roar is the most intrusive aspect to the rolling refinement with the roof up – a constant background rumble even at lower speeds – but few will be bothered, and it’s easily quiet enough to have a conversation at fast cruising speeds without raising your voice.
The two cripplingly uncomfortable seats in the back still feature, and remain excellent for luggage alone, although smaller children will undoubtedly endure when necessary.