There’s a long tradition of convertibles being unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show and Porsche is more than happy to oblige.
Information, images and news of the 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet debut were all announced in late September, likely based on an assumption by Porsche that its headlining Macan debut would outshine the high-priced grand tourers. After all, the 911 Turbo would be close to collecting a pension check if it were flesh and blood.
But it isn’t. Instead, the storied flagship from Stuttgart is soldiering forward with improvements to make it faster and better handling. The 3.8-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder makes 520 hp in the Turbo model and 560 in the Turbo S just like the coupe models, they charge from 0-60 mph in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively as power is transferred from the engine to wheels via a seven-speed Porsche PDK transmission.
Handling characteristics benefit from rear–axle steering and active aerodynamic enhancements that the driver can adjust at the touch of a button. Even with the open top, Porsche is making a statement about its range-topping performers. The Turbo and Turbo S feature flared fenders that make the car 1.1 inches wider than the 911 Carrera 4.
The first models will begin arriving in U.S. showrooms early next year although Porsche hasn’t announced a more specific date just yet. Pricing for the two models starts at $161,650 and $194,850.