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What Makes This Porsche 911 Turbo Cabrio So Special?

Spy Shots / 6 Comments

This mule is all about exclusivity.

Part of the genius of the Porsche 911 is that it's much more than just a sports car. Sure, it can be, but it's also offered in such a wide multitude of specs that it can start off as an entry-level sports coupe and work its way up to being a full-blown race car. And it's not just the levels of intensity that can be varied, so too can each model's intended use.

Take the 911 Turbo for instance. It's far more powerful than the Carrera, Carrera S, and even carries a horsepower premium over the GT3 RS. Still, it's more of a road car than its race-tuned counterpart - an ultimate grand tourer of sorts rather than a track-bred machine like the GT3. And now that the 992-generation is out in Carrera format, it's only a matter of time before the 911's ranks fill out with the Targa, GTS, Turbo, and GT3.

In fact, we've already caught the new 992 Targa, GT3, and Turbo out testing, but our spy photographers couldn't resist sending these extra pictures of the 911 Turbo Cabriolet over, which is so far the only version of the Turbo we've spotted testing. The reason they clicked send has to do with one piece of hardware we haven't seen before.

That would be the conspicuous red convertible top, which already has us thinking about which colors from Porsche's vast collection it will match best with. That gorgeous shade of red is no doubt one of many colors Porsche will let future owners choose from, especially considering that buyers can opt to order custom specs through Porsche's in-house customization shop, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

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And now that we're armed with the knowledge that only a maximum of two 911s leave the Porsche factory with the exact same spec each year, seeing the top and thinking about the endless possibilities makes that fact easier to digest. Helping the 911 Turbo be more palatable, of course, will be a twin-turbo flat-six engine that could send as much as 600 horsepower out to all four wheels through a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

Not like it really needed to find a way to be more desirable.