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Worth their weight in gold: Porsche unveils the 911 Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets

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Porsche says, "The driving capability offered by the two new top-of-the-range Cabriolet models is something that cannot be expressed in simple figures." We agree, let's say.

Many motoring enthusiasts argue that once the roof comes off a car, it’s all a wash. If you want a convertible, get an MX-5 because wind in your hair is wind in your hair. Why pay $120,000 more than you need to for the same experience?

While this might be fine for some, the Germans know better. That’s why they’ve chopped the top off both of the 911 Turbo variants, creating the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet.

Capable of 0-60 mph in 3.3 and 3.1 seconds respectively, the Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets are deliver 30 more horsepower and are 0.2 seconds faster than the previous iterations. Impressively, the 911 Turbo Cabriolet and 911 Turbo S Cabriolet are rated by the EPA to achieve 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway.

Standard with the PDK dual-clutch transmission (a dual-clutch automatic) and the new PTM all-wheel drive system, the all-new Cabriolets also feature rear-axle steering immensely improved handling, both on the racetrack and during everyday use. Or at least, that’s what Porsche says.

Porsche designers worked to ensure the coupe-like visual characteristics with the new lightweight magnesium retractable roof frame. We think they’ve succeeded.

On the 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, Porsche offers Black/Carrera Red and adaptive Sport Seats Plus with 18-way adjustment and memory. A Bose sound system is fitted as standard on both models while radar-controlled adaptive Cruise Control system, camera-based road sign and speed limit recognition function, and reverse camera are optional.

Carrying $160,700 and $193,900 respective base prices, it’s clear that even the motoring elite have to pay to play.

Porsche will officially unveil the twin drop-top turbos at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. So check back then for exclusive photos of the duo. And, perhaps, a first-drive report shortly following.

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