Porsche has just debuted its two latest decapitated rocket sleds today at the LA Auto Show, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet and Turbo S Cabriolet, which share their coupe counterparts' 520-horsepower and 560-hp 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engines. That kind of power ought separate a lot of hats (and toupees!) from heads.

The rear-engined Porsches put their power down through all four wheels, which allows them to launch from 0-60 in 3.3 seconds or less (the Turbo S Cab takes just 3.1 seconds), and both of them top out at 195 mph.

The 911 Turbo Cabriolet starts at $160,700, while the Turbo S Cabriolet can be had for a grand total of $193,900 (plus $950 for destination). Is the S model's 40 extra horsepower worth $33,200? We're not so sure, but we imagine Porsche won't have any trouble selling it.

Check out our previous post for more info on the new force-fed Carrera dropheads, or scroll down for the press release. Feel free to visit the photo gallery live from the show floor, as well.
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POWERFUL, EFFICIENT AND WONDERFULLY OPEN – THE NEW 911 TURBO CABRIOLET MODELS

Atlanta. Porsche is adding two new models to the 911 range: the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. These new models combine the dynamic range of the new 911 Turbo models with the driving pleasure offered by an open-top sports car. 50 years after the 911 made its debut, and coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the 911 Turbo, the open-top versions of the 911 Turbo and 911 Turbo S are make their global debut at the Los Angeles International Auto Show on November 20, 2013. By adding the two new 911 Turbo models into the mix, Porsche is doubling its offering of the top-of-the-range models to four versions.

In extending the range, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet deliver the same blend of sporty dynamism, performance and efficiency offered by the Coupe model unveiled a few months ago. The twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine delivers 520 hp in the open-top 911 Turbo and 560 hp in the S model. The cars accelerate from zero to 60mph in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively, reaching a top speed of up to 195 mph. When compared against the respective predecessor models, the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet's deliver 30 more horsepower and are 0.2 seconds faster in terms of their standard acceleration. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet U.S. EPA fuel consumption ratings are 17.0 mpg city and 24.0 mpg highway.

Active rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics for improved performance and efficiency

The driving capability offered by the two new top-of-the-range Cabriolet models is something that cannot be expressed in simple figures. With a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission as standard and the new PTM all-wheel drive, as well as rear-axle steering and active aerodynamics, the open-top 911 Turbo models are establishing Porsche technology in the open-top super sports car segment. While the rear-axle steering has an immensely positive impact on handling, both on the racetrack and during everyday use, the active aerodynamics are adjusted to offer optimum efficiency or driving performance at the touch of a button, depending on the driver's selection.

More than ever before, both of these new top-of-the-range models make a clear visual statement about their performance. The wide flared rear fenders of the new 911 Turbo generation are 1.1 in. wider than those of the 911 Carrera 4 models – a virtually level surface and just over a hand's width extend out from the C-pillar to the outer edge of the vehicle's body. The impressive width is accentuated further when the top is down.

Another eye-catching feature of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is the exclusive Porsche retractable roof with its lightweight magnesium frame. This innovative technology enables the Coupe-like arch to the roof to be preserved when the top is closed. This arch, which offers advantages in terms of aerodynamics, is not feasible using conventional construction techniques. As with predecessor models, the roof opens and closes in around 13 seconds, at speeds of up to 30 mph.

Premium materials in the interior

The interior of the new Cabriolet models follows that of the 911 Turbo Coupe. The S-model boasts a particularly extensive range of features, including an exclusive interior available in Black/Carrera Red and adaptive Sport Seats Plus with 18-way adjustment and memory. In addition, the backrest shells of the seats are leather trimmed with double stitched seams, and various elements are made from lightweight carbon fiber. As with predecessor models, the Bose sound system is fitted as standard, and for the first time, a Burmester sound system is available as an option. The radar-controlled adaptive Cruise Control system, camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition function and reverse camera are also available as options.

The new top-of-the-range 911 Cabriolet models will be launched onto the market in early 2014. In the United States, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet costs $160,700 and the new 911 Turbo S Cabriolet costs $193,900. Note: Prices do not include destination charges of $950.


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      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      500+HP AWD convertibles, with performance tires the size of city blocks, that still get 17/24 EPA MPG ratings is pretty damn impressive! But for $150k plus, they should be..... BD
      Black Dyanmite
      • 1 Year Ago
      The ugly duckling has finally become a swan.....that does 0-60 in 3 seconds! BD
      FSLIV
      • 1 Year Ago
      No matter how mechanically impressive it is, been there done that when it come to the exterior and interior design. Further, there is no way you could possibly justify this price tag.
        Aussie Aspie
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FSLIV
        @ FSLIV + ferps I buy a car based on what " I " like, and couldn't give a toss whether others deem it not exotic enough -- it's my choice, so who cares what the posers think. I like how 911s look and I like how 911s drive. While good cars with their own following, I wouldn't buy a 458 or GT-R (etc) at ANY price -- $5 million or 5 cents! If I want to drive a rusted out Trabant or a beige Maybach Landaulet with teal GT strips, hot pink wheels and a lime green interior, that's my choice. You have a right not to like how it looks, and equally as much right not to buy one, but don't think you or anyone else has got even a snowflake's chance in Hell of influencing my decision.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know it has exotic performance, but would you really pay $200k for this when you're close to the price of a real exotic like the 458 Italia?
        Eeti
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        So this 991 Turbo S with 2.8 second 0-60 time is not a "real exotic"?
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        The 458 Spider is just under $65K more, I wouldn't consider that close at all. And even if they were the same price, I'd probably go with the 911. You can actually drive the Porsche on a regular basis.
        audisp0rta4
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        I get what Ferps is saying, because I thought the same thing when I saw the price. While performance is equal to the Ferrari or a Lamborghini in many ways...a 911 just doesn't have that in your face exotic appeal that a 458 or Gallardo does. Porsches are getting seriously expensive, especially with desired options. And in my eyes, it's getting a little hard to justify that price for a car as common as the 911. I have the same opinion when it comes to the AMG versions of the S and SL Mercedes.
        Eduardo Maal
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        IMO the price tag is justified. That said, I understand how Porsche doesn't have as exotic an image as the 458.
      Arturo Rios Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That interior in brown belongs in an 80s car. Not really liking it specially with the type R Jag just unveiled today.
        Black Dyanmite
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Arturo Rios Jr.
        Nowadays, you can get a Porsche interior in any color, as long as you're willing to pay for it.... BD
      Nathan
      • 1 Year Ago
      lol add any options to the S and it'll probably be pushing $225k. That's absurd.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nathan
        Uh, no; the cheapest option is well under $32K. In fact, it's well under $1K. Not only that, but even the MOST expensive option is well under $32K. Looking at their configurator; I'm not convinced you can even configure one for $225K, it'll be close one way or another. I love people that make false assumptions about something that is really easy to look up and then make a judgement based on that false assumption.
          Cayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Cayman
          Actually, I just tried and added the most expensive options that were compatible with each other, the highest that I was able to get to was $231K. This included ridiculous options like hand painted key, special lime green paint (which should be illegal) and special leather covering for your PCM display.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      amazing car with bonkers price.
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