The proliferation of the 991-series Porsche 911 continues. The new 2014 911 Turbo and Turbo S coupe debuted in May, and judging by these spy shots of an undisguised prototype at the Nurburgring, a new 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet is hot on its heels.
Unless you purchased subterranean real estate eons ago, this should hardly come as shocking news – but we’ll take any opportunity to ogle the shapely Turbo and Turbo S we can get. With the exception of the folding soft top, the new 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet looks identical to its coupe sibling. The large front air intakes, the intercooler openings in the rear bumper, flared rear fenders – 1.1 inches wider than a stock Carrera – and the famed “whale tail” spoiler are present on this test car. This test car also boasts the new 911 Turbo’s unique 20-inch center-locking wheels and carbon ceramic brakes – the latter optional on 911 Turbo models but included on 911 Turbo S cars.
The commonality with the 2014 911 Turbo Coupe extends to the mechanical bits as well. Power will come from a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six-cylinder engine. In Turbo guise, this engine offers 520 hp and 487 lb-ft of torque. Turbo S models trump those figures with 560 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque.
Like the Turbo/Turbo S coupes, the Turbo/Turbo S Cabriolet will boast all-wheel-drive, and Porsche’s seven-speed dual clutch gearbox will be the only transmission available. We expect the drop-top Turbo to be nearly as quick as its fixed-roof cousins – if so, that means a 911 Turbo Cabriolet should sprint from 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and a 911 Turbo S Cabriolet should do the same run in 2.9 seconds.
Pricing and launch timing have yet to be publically announced, but it’s easy to make an educated guess as to both. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the 911 Turbo Cabriolet debut in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the venue where Porsche launched the original 930 911 Turbo nearly 38 years ago. We also wouldn’t be surprised to see the 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet follow in the footsteps of other 991-series convertibles, and command a $11,900 premium over a comparable coupe model. If so, expect the 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolet to command $161,150, including $930 in destination, and 2014 911 Turbo Cabriolets could start somewhere around $193,950.