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Porsche 911 Carrera Cabrio
In a convertible sports car you should be able to hear the engine rasp, but in this new 911 Cabriolet that’s not quite the case. Push the accelerator and there’s an audible whoosh as the turbos build boost, but the 911’s traditional exhaust bark isn’t quite as loud. At least the Sports exhaust releases a few more decibels and a bit more character, but it’s a pricey option.
However, the Cabriolet still has enough bite, as with 365bhp on offer in the Carrera, 0-62mph takes 4.8 seconds. The Carrera S ramps things up with 414bhp, so the manual is another three tenths faster. The quickest Cabriolet on offer is the 4S with Porsche’s PDK box – with the extra traction off the line it rockets from 0-62mph in 4.0 seconds, giving it genuine pace.
But power is nothing without control, and by removing the roof the coupe’s stiff structure has lost some of its rigidity. It means over bumpy roads the Cabriolet shakes and shimmies as the suspension tries to cope with the body flex.