Tuesday, 8 May 2007

New Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet

By Dr Long

Beginning September 2007, the 911 Turbo will be available as a drop-top, carrying on a 20-year tradition within the 911 Series, based on the latest 997 Turbo. As with the 911 Turbo Coupé, the Cabriolet is be powered by the similar 3.6L six-cylinder boxer with bi-turbo of Variable Turbine Geometry (VTG).

The powerplant punches out 480hp and wrenches 620Nm of torque from a low 1,950 rpm onwards. With the new optional “Sport Chrono Turbo Package”, which includes an overboost function, up to 680Nm is even intermittently possible! The manual Turbo Cabriolet can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in just four seconds. With Tiptronic S century sprint is down to 3.8 seconds. Top speed is a lofty 310 km/h for both. The beauty of modern forced induction is its exemplary fuel consumption (for a given output figures). The 911 Turbo Cabriolet can manage 12.9litres per 100 km – an impressive figure in the high performance arena.

In spite of the convertible-specific reinforcement of its chassis, motorised roof opening/retraction mechanism plus the extendable rollover protection bars, this topless version only weighs 70 kgs more than the hardtop. The light, three-layer soft top, which can completely automatically be opened or closed in roughly 20 seconds duration.
Even the suspension has been tuned to convertible-specific dynamics, and thus the active suspension system Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard equipment. As such, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet offers taut body control, high-speed tracking composure yet supple damping. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and permanent all-wheel drive, Porsche Traction Management (PTM) also contributes to ultra-high levels of grip and superb handling. The system with 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.

Passive safety systems include six airbags as standard equipment and the comprehensive rollover protection system, with steel tubing integrated into the windshield frame and an extendable rollover protection behind the rear seats. Braking performance is nothing short of magnificent for any 911. The six-cylinder fixed-brake caliper up front has trickled down from the Porsche Carrera GT. However, the track-proven and stomping-powerful Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is a worthy paying-option for the 911 Turbo Cabriolet (having sampled the 911 Turbo coupe with PCCB at the PWRS 2007 at Sepang).

Some of the extensive standard equipments of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet are Bi-Xenon headlights, 19-inch forged alloys with two-tone spokes, climate control AC, wind deflector, Porsche Communication Management (PCM) – with the navigation module and 5.8 inch colour monitor and the Bose Surround Sound System. At the time of writing, no local press release is available from Auto Eurokars, sole distributor and official importer of Porsche in Malaysia.

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