The 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S models served as the top dogs of the 991-series 911 family -- until now. The new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolet models, which formally debut at the 2013 Los Angeles auto show in November, will be the most expensive 911 models offered in North America when they reach dealers early next year.
Predictably, the latest Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets visually mirror their coupe counterparts. Large front air intakes wrap up and into the turn signal assemblies. Flared rear fenders measure 1.1 inches wider than an all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4, and a whopping 1.9 inches wider than a base 911. Out back, the bumper fascia gains large ducts, a new diffuser with quad exhaust tips, and a slender twist on the famed “whale tail” spoiler sits atop a louvered rear deck. The only difference lies with the roof: like other 991 Cabriolets, the new 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S make use of a magnesium-intensive folding roof assembly that holds true to the 911 Coupe’s roofline. The top can be raised or stowed in only 13 seconds, and operated with the vehicle traveling at speeds up to 30 mph.
Beneath the surface, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets are mechanically identical to their coupe siblings. Power comes from a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six. In Turbo guise, this engine serves up 520 hp @ 6000 rpm and 487 lb-ft of torque from 1950-5000 rpm. Step up to the Turbo S, and a retuned version of that same engine yields 560 hp @ 6500 rpm and 516 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm. As those stats are identical to their coupe siblings, it also means the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo boasts an extra 20 hp and 7 lb-ft compared to its predecessor, while the 2014 911 Turbo S packs an extra 30 hp.
As is the case with the coupe, the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S cabriolet are offered with only one driveline. Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission is standard, and no manual gearbox is available. In keeping with modern 911 Turbo tradition, the 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets are all-wheel drive, and sport the same updated Porsche Traction Management driveline as the 2014 911 Turbo/ Turbo S coupe. Likewise, the Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets also adopt the coupe’s all-wheel steering system, which steers opposite the front wheels at speeds up to 31 mph, and steers in sync with the front wheels at higher velocities. Turbo S Cabriolet models pack additional goodies, including carbon ceramic brakes, dynamic engine mounts, and adaptive sport bucket seats, as standard equipment.
Unsurprisingly, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets are wickedly quick, and only slightly slower than their hardtop counterparts. Porsche says the 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet can rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.3 seconds, while the Turbo S Cabriolet performs the same run in 3.1. Those figures are down slightly from 911 Turbo and Turbo S coupes, which sprint to 60 mph in 3.2 and 2.9 seconds, respectively. Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets have a top speed of 195 mph, which is only three miles per hour slower than a fixed-roof model.
Porsche 911 Turbo and Turbo S coupes were never inexpensive, but the 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo Cabriolet command a premium of roughly $12,000. Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolets start at $161,650 (including $950 in destination fees), while 911 Turbo S Cabriolets are priced from $194,850. Although early production models will go on sale in Europe this December, Porsche says the 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets won’t be offered in North America until early 2014.