2017 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Test Drive Review

2017 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet Test Drive Review
- Porsche 911 Turbo cabriolet does not sell in big numbers, because this car with its $172,550 base price is too cheap for the majority of 911 Turbo cabrio buyers, who, we are informed by Porsche, generally spring for the 580-hp Turbo S (add $28,900) over this lowly 540-hp version

- majority of all 911 Turbo buyers go for a coupe anyway, as 911 Turbos are now up in the rare air where Bentleys and Aston Martins fly and thus do not sell in big numbers, period

- at 3731 pounds, it is slightly chunky, but it is definitely not lazy

- 60 mph up its snoot in 2.7 seconds, Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic (PDK) with launch control really is a gobsmacking feat of engineering

- 1.03 g’s worth of cornering grip, a stopping distance of an astonishing 138 feet

- rear-heavy weight distribution due to the engine mounted in back

- being a Porsche and a 911 and a Turbo and a convertible, it is simply sublime on a twisty road

- body control is exquisite, the chassis laps up road imperfections

- Sport or Sport Plus with the little black ring protruding off the steering wheel

- only 13 seconds for the cabrio to lower its canvas roof

- our $181,905 test car includes espresso/cognac two-tone leather ($1940) and leather upholstery for the backside shells of the seats ($1870)

- the brakes are nonlinear in daily driving and the augmented engine noise

- 911 Turbos easily reach $200K with options

- the 911 Turbo is the conservative if sportier choice compared with its competitors

Starting Price $172,550
Vehicle Type 2 door convertible, rear engine, all wheel drive
Engine twin-turbocharged, intercooled DOHC 24-valve flat-6, direct fuel injection
Transmission 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, manual shifting mode
Horsepower 540 hp @ 6400 rpm
Torque 523 lb-ft @ 2250 rpm
Displacement 232 cu in, 3800 cc
Wheelbase 96.5 in
Length 177.4 in
Width 74.0 in
Height 50.9 in
Curb weight 3731 lb
Passenger volume 70 cu ft
Cargo volume 4 cu ft
0-60 mph 2.7 sec
0-100 mph 6.4 sec
Top speed 198 mph
Rolling start (5-60 mph) 3.5 sec
Top gear(30-50 mph) 1.6 sec
Top gear(50-70 mph) 1.8 sec
Braking (70-0 mph) 138 ft
Fuel economy (city/highway) 19/24 mpg
C/D observed 18 mpg
Pros best stopping distances, best acceleration
Cons nonlinear brakes, engine noise