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2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet Now Fastest Porsche Hair Dryer

2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet Now Fastest Porsche Hair Dryer

By Jeff Youngs,
In advance of their official unveilings at the 2013 Los Angeles International Auto Show, Porsche has released information and photos of the 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the 2014 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, new top-of-the-range models designed for open-air motoring.

The recipe is simple. Take one Porsche 911 Turbo, replace the roof with a power-retractable top mounted to a lightweight magnesium frame, and in just 13 seconds you can transform the 911 Turbo into a convertible sports car offering as much as 560 horsepower.

Each version is equipped with a twin-turbocharged, horizontally opposed, 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine; a 7-speed dual-clutch automated manual gearbox (PDK); and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive. In the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, the engine makes 520 horsepower and accelerates the car to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, according to Porsche. In the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, the engine generates 560 horsepower, shaving two-tenths of a second off the acceleration time. Both models top out at 195 mph.

While outright performance is the reason a Porsche 911 Turbo exists in the first place, the automaker has also been working to improve fuel-economy figures. According to Porsche, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet models will return 17 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway. Additionally, these new models are equipped with active rear-axle steering for improved handling at both low and high speeds, as well as active aerodynamics that can be manually adjusted to optimize efficiency or performance depending on the
driver's requirements.

The new Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet models have cabins nearly identical to those in the 911 Turbo Coupe. Upgrade to the S variant, and the highlights include a unique Black/Carrera Red color treatment, 18-way power Sport Seats Plus with leather-trimmed backs, and carbon fiber trim. Both versions can be optioned with a Burmeister premium audio system, adaptive cruise control, road sign and speed limit-recognition technology, and more.

Like the 911 Turbo Coupe, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet models are identified by flared rear fenders that are 1.1 inches wider than a 911 Carrera 4 model. The price is greater than the 911 Carrera 4, too. When it goes on sale in early 2014, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet will cost $161,650 (including the $950 destination charge). The new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet will wear a window sticker of $194,850.

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