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2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet review: Just in time for summer

by Gloria Barker (2020-07-17)

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What's better than a fast convertible on a warm day?

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Driving the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S back in March was a bright spot in what I think we can all agree has been a real dumpster fire of a year. The 640-horsepower 992 is a jolt of fast-car thrills right to the heart. And good news: The Turbo S Cabriolet is even better.


2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet



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LikeInsane power, incredible speedOne of the best-handling luxury GTs aroundSuperb cabin trimmingsEasy-to-use PCM infotainment tech

Don't LikeStill no Android AutoDriver-assistance features cost extra, despite the $217K starting price

Yes, better. You get all of the Turbo S Coupe's refined insanity with the added visceral quality of the wind in your hair, Tour Quế Lâm the flat-six engine roaring behind you. The top folds back in about 12 seconds and can be operated while driving at speeds up to 31 mph. I even think the convertible looks better, too, which is odd since I don't really love the hunchback shape of Porsche's more basic 911 Cabs. But somehow it really works here, amplifying the Turbo S' wide stance and Tour Quế Lâm từ Hà Nội big rear wing while alluding to the massive power provided by the twin-turbo engine nestled underneath.

The Cabriolet is 154 pounds heavier than the Coupe, but I sure as hell can't tell. Some Porsche forum super-user will correctly point out that the added weight makes the Cabriolet a tenth of a second slower to 60 mph than the Coupe, but it's the difference of 2.7 seconds vs. 2.6, both of which are equally and scientifically classified as pants-poopingly quick.

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The active rear wing can function as an air brake at high speed.

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Coupe or Cabriolet, the 911 Turbo S is powered by a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-6 engine, making the aforementioned 640 hp, as well as 590 pound-feet of torque. That's 60 hp and 37 lb-ft more than the 991.2 Turbo S, a car that at no point felt like it needed more power. Revised cooling architecture feeds more air into the turbochargers sooner, so power delivery is, uh, what's more immediate than "immediate?" Honestly, you could tell me this thing does the 0-to-60-mph dash in 1 second and I'd be like, yep, sure does.

Helping to make the most of that power, the Cabriolet gets all the same active-aero trickery as the Coupe. Put the Turbo S in its Sport Plus mode and the air intake flaps, front lip spoiler and rear wing all come alive. The latter can move into several different positions, and it even acts as an airbrake to keep that thicc rear end hunkered down. All of this allows the Turbo S to go faster with great composure, making it way too easy to reach go-directly-to-jail speeds. Speaking of which, the Turbo S Cabriolet will top out at 205 mph -- same as the Coupe -- and will do so before the eight-speed automatic transmission even touches seventh gear.

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