Friday, February 4, 2011

Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

It�s official: the 911 lineup adds yet another sibling.
We almost didn�t write about this car since, well, there�s so little cutting-edge news here, but then we said, �What the heck?� since it�s such good eye candy. So here goes:

Hear ye! Hear ye! Behold the 2008 Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet! A car that looks, well, like a 911 Turbo with the standard 911 cabriolet�s fabric top! Woo-woo!

Okay, however unsurprised we may be with the Turbo cab�s appearance, it�s not as if we�re not salivating. We find the 911 Turbo cabriolet as delicious as the current 911 Turbo coupe. The convertible will be powered by the same frighteningly powerful 480-hp 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six as the coupe and offered with the same choice of six-speed manual or Tiptronic S automatic transmission.

The additional weight and rigidity compromises of the convertible will dampen performance just a tad, with only a claimed 150-pound weight gain. When the hardtop is capable of a 3.4-second sprint to 60 mph, who are we to bicker about a few 10ths when the sun is beaming on our smiling faces? 
Slated to be released this September, the 911 Turbo will be Porsche�s fastest open-topped car since last year�s $440,000 Carrera GT, and the most expensive car in Porsche�s current lineup. Base price in Europe will be equivalent to roughly $172,000, a $30k smack above the previous generation car, while in the U.S. the 911 Turbo Cab is a relative deal starting at $137,360.

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