It’s not very often when the world receives an all-new Porsche 911. But when it does happen, the world is a better place for it. Inevitably, after every introduction of a 911, there are two-dozen other versions to follow. This time around, we’re happy to present the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet, the convertible versions of Porsche’s go-faster flagship sports car.
The Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S elevate their games with 520 and 560 horsepower, respectively, which is up 30 horses on both counts. Both come paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and all-wheel drive as standard equipment, allowing them to rocket to 60 mph from standstill in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds, respectively. And those are Porsche’s typically conservative estimates; expect the car to be a bit quicker in real life. All the while, Porsche says the two sports cars are rated at 17 mpg city/24 mpg highway. Not too shabby.
With a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-6 powering each version, top speed is 195 mph. But that’s not even the biggest party piece; rear-wheel steering and active aerodynamics make the 911 Turbo stand well above the previous-generation model, which we already thought was a darn fine machine. Because we’re talking about convertibles here, Porsche says the cars’ tops will raise and lower in about 13 seconds apiece.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet will go on sale in the U.S. at the beginning of 2014 at a starting price of $161,650 and $194,850, including $950 for destination and handling, respectively, placing them approximately $12,000 more than their coupe counterparts. That said, there’s a thrill about driving quickly without shelter from the world to blanket the experience, and we have a feeling that extra cash will be well spent on top-down motoring.