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New Turbo is one of the best resolved, and fastest, open-top supersports cars that (a lot of) money can buy

Our Verdict

Porsche 911 Turbo

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What is it?

The new cabriolet version of the latest 991 Turbo, and as such it won't be regarded as the purest of 911s by those who profess to "know" their 911s. And to the average Turbo cabrio driver, this won't matter not one iota.

To Porsche, though, everything matters, which is why for the last two generations of 911 - second generation 997 and latest 991 - Weissach's engineers have focused hard on trying to make the open-top model as crisp and precise to drive as the coupé. And never before have they got closer to achieving that goal than with this latest Turbo cabrio.

Mind you, such proximity to perfection does come at a price. In basic form, without any options in place, the Turbo cabrio costs an eye watering £129,223. And as tested - with the must-have Sports Chrono Package installed (we'll come to why in a second) plus a couple of other choice extras - the price gets closer to the £140,000 mark.

What's it like?

Dynamically at least, one of the best resolved, and fastest, open-top supersports cars that money can buy. Power from the turbocharged flat six is a rousing 513bhp with torque oscillating between 486-523lb ft depending whether the over-booster is blowing at full steam or not. 

Either way, it's enough to send the 1595kg Turbo cabrio to 62mph in 3.4sec and to a top speed of 195mph. Senior levels of performance, in other words, which put the Turbo cabrio on all but equal footing with the coupé in a straight line. And remember, Porsche's excellent dual clutch PDK auto gearbox comes as standard on all Turbos nowadays, so shifting gear has never been faster or more efficient in a Turbo cabrio.

So why is the Sports Chrono Pack such a key element when it costs a further £3092? Because it brings with it Porsche's new "dynamic engine mounts" which help reduce inertia over the rear axle when cornering. In layman's terms, they tighten up the ride and handling a treat and, according to Porsche's own engineers, work especially well in the Turbo cabrio model. You could argue that these engine mounts should be a standard fitment if they really make that much of a difference, but that's another argument altogether, one that Weissach's marketing people will win over their colleagues in engineering 10 times out of 10.

Elsewhere, the Turbo cabrio is predictably impressive. Apart from a slight judder at low speeds over rough roads, it drives pretty much as well as the coupé. And the lack of wind buffeting inside the cabin with the electric buffer raised is also deeply impressive. As is the look of the car with the hood up.

Should I buy one?

Why not, as they say, and if you can afford a Turbo cabrio, you'd be mad not to cough the extra required for the Sports Chrono Pack, especially when the 0-62mph time also drops to 3.2sec thanks to the addition of launch control.

Even the purists might approve of this particular version of Turbo cabrio, so much sharper and better to drive is it than its numerous predecessors. Then again, they might not. And, as ever, the car's owners won't care less, one way or the other.

Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet

Price £129,223; 0-62mph 3.4sec; Top speed 195mph; Economy 29.0mpg combined; CO2 231g/km; Kerb weight 1595kg; Engine 3800cc, flat six, turbocharged; Power 513bhp at 6000-6500rpm; Torque 486lb ft at 1950-5000rpm (523lb ft on overboost with Sport Plus option, fitted) Gearbox 7-speed dual clutch auto

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25 April 2014
Can't help but feel that for a price of over £129k that the engine mounts in the optional sports chrono package should be standard.
It is rather annoying that most road tests for Bmw and now some Porche models, are stating that you need extras this and that to make it a decent car, then compare the test to a standard competitor.
A good car should have a decent set up in the braking, steering, engine mounts, and suspension etc as standard in my opinion.
I sometimes wonder if it is a ploy to fiddle depreciation statistics, ie you need to spend £12 to £14 k on a Macan or Cayenne to get a decent spec and that money is lost on the calcs, probably not many customers would purchase a standard resale car.End result depreciation 10 to 20 percent worse than stats show.

25 April 2014
Ski Kid wrote:

Can't help but feel that for a price of over £129k that the engine mounts in the optional sports chrono package should be standard.
It is rather annoying that most road tests for Bmw and now some Porche models, are stating that you need extras this and that to make it a decent car, then compare the test to a standard competitor.

I'd agree, but at least the road testers are mentioning it in their reviews.

Ski Kid wrote:

I sometimes wonder if it is a ploy to fiddle depreciation statistics, ie you need to spend £12 to £14 k on a Macan or Cayenne to get a decent spec and that money is lost on the calcs, probably not many customers would purchase a standard resale car. End result depreciation 10 to 20 percent worse than stats show.

Exactly this, look at Cayennes - list price under £50k for a 3.0 litre diesel and after 3 years they hold onto most of this according to Glass/CAP but for that to happen you need to spend £60-£65k on the car, hence why you see demos / 6 month old cars at £60k plus.

Plus it boosts profit margins and keeps the list price artificially low, although with a Porsche owners do expect to have to add at least £10k of options.

25 April 2014
Makes the F-Type Cab look cheap (if you can ignore having no boot) I agree for a 100k+ supercar you should really have all the performance bits on it already. Its obvious Porsche know that a very high percentage will take on the mounts and so Porsche price the hell out of them or they wouldn't do it because of the extra complexity costs But I suppose its not to dissimilar to charging an extra 5-10k for better brakes.

25 April 2014
I agree,Porsche are laughing all the way to the bank.Mercedes AMG do a better job of tis bringing cars fully equipped but then you have the opposite problem of having a bunch of stuff you don't want! Try getting one WITHOUT a sunroof! I have searched the 991 used lists endlessly to find one without the sunroof and let me tell you they are very rare!

Madmac

25 April 2014
You can have a very slightly used 458 for that money.
I think der goosen ist sehr overkooken

25 April 2014
pauld101 wrote:

You can have a very slightly used 458 for that money.
I think der goosen ist sehr overkooken

The cheapest RHD 458 spider is 185K in the classifieds so a significant 45K more. No ones going to be comparing the 458 coupe to a Turbo cabriolet are they? If your looking for open top motoring, your looking for open top motoring surely?? There are only 27 convertibles between 130-140K in the classifieds. Maybe one of them would be a better comparison than just plucking a random car out no matter how good the car may be?

25 April 2014
I agree looked on a few sites you can get a great 458 Italia with 7k miles and sometimes 7 yr service pack for £150k or less for a 2 yr old one.That Coupe is the best anyway as there is only asmall lid on a mid engine hardly a convertible in the true sense like on a rear drive car Bentley, or XK

25 April 2014
You can't take the roof down on the 458 coupe can you so the fact it might be the better drivers car is completely and utterly irrelevant if what in fact you are looking for is a convertible!! You might as well be comparing it to a Range Rover and surmising that the latter would be better off road, no s**t Sherlock!! Anyone looking for open top motoring matched to blistering performance with the safety net of 4 wheel drive isn't going to end up with a 458 coupe are they?? A Phantom would have a better ride and be more pratical, shall we add that to the mix as well and come up with another pointless comparison. A Vanquish would be better looking, etc etc

11 July 2014
A real bugbear of mine is reviews of a open-top cars without photos with the roof up.

22 May 2016
Please post a pic or two with the roof up. This Porsche 911 is a potent little brawler with an aggressive stance and a sleek silhouette! It would be an incredible experience to go cruising on this ride on a scenic twisty road without any wind buffeting or noise to play spoilsport! I wish my roadster also came with an inbuilt equipment to counter the noise,but luckily an additional wind deflector came to my rescue. Now the rides are silent and delightful as ever thanks to the BackBlade windstop!

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