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Porsche chops new 911

2007-05-07 12:14

Porsche 911 turbo cabrio

The 20-year tradition within the 911 Series of the 911 Turbo with a classic soft top is continued with a new 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

As with the 911 Turbo Coupé, the Cabriolet will also be powered by a 3.6 litre six-cylinder 'boxer' engine with biturbo turbocharging and Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG). The powerplant already generates 480 hp (353 kW) and 620 Nm of torque at 1950 rpm. With the new, optional "Sport Chrono Turbo Package", which includes an overboost function, up to 680 Nm is even intermittently possible.

The manual transmission version can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just four seconds. With Tiptronic S the time can be cut to 3.8 seconds. Both versions can reach speeds of up to 310 km/h. Factory fuel consumption figures for the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is 12.9 liters per 100 kilometers.

In spite of the convertible-specific reinforcement of the chassis and the extendable rollover protection behind the rear seats, the open version of the 911 Turbo only weighs 70 kilos more than the Coupé.

The light, three-layer soft top, which can completely automatically be opened or closed in roughly 20 seconds, enables a low balance point.

Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) comes as standard equipment augmented by driving stability control Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and the managed all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) keeps the power under reign.

An electronically controlled multi-plate clutch can, according to the requirements, alternatively shift the drive output from the engine between the front and rear axles, and - with shift intervals of a maximum of 100 milliseconds - quicker than the reaction of the engine to load changes.

With a drag coefficient of only Cw=0.31, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet travels at similar levels of aerodynamic efficiency as the coupé models. The rear spoiler, which automatically extends at speeds from 120 km/h - extending 30 mm further than with the Coupé, enables the new Cabriolet to be the only standard series convertible that generates negative lift at the rear axle.

Reigning in all the performance is a six-cylinder fixed-brake calliper arrangement up front which stems from the Porsche Carrera GT. Upon request, the race-proven and light Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) ceramic brake system is also available for the 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

Also included in the extensive standard series equipment of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet are Bi-Xenon headlights, 19 inch forged wheels with two-tone appearance, an air conditioner, the wind deflector, the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) - with the navigation module and 5.8 inch color monitor and the Bose Surround Sound System, among other things.

The basic price in Euro for the Turbo Cabriolet is EUR 126,600. In Germany the price is EUR 150,862 (including VAT and country-specific requirements).


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