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Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Overall verdict


No-compromise all-rounder, excellent roof, coupe-like drive


Residual '911 Cabriolet' connotations, turbo'd engines less involving
The soft-top 911 is just as brilliant as the coupe, just a pity about those new turbocharged engines.

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What we say: 

We can't quite believe we're saying this, but the 911 Cabrio might just be better than the Coupe

What is it?

Sniffier car enthusiasts look on scornfully at any sort of rag-top Porsche 911, but we know Top Gear readers are a much more enlightened bunch. Even with the new turbo engines, the coupe is one of the world’s best sports cars, so how can its open top cousin be anything other than brilliant too? Sure, there are certain white sock connotations with 911 Cabriolets but if you’re a sunworshiper who loves driving, best get over them. This, see, retains all the core strengths of the coupe but adds a new charm of its own too.


The 911 remains an epic sports car, even in supposedly compromised open-top form. If you really concentrate hard, we’re sure you’ll be able to detect a slight loss of rigidity. But on the road, any shake and twist is as close to indiscernible as makes no difference. It grips hard, and has a kind of composure and stability the old 997 911 Cabriolet simply wouldn’t recognise. But the magically charismatic flat-sixes have been replaced by a bi-turbo job which, if we’re honest, isn’t as gratifying. Mightily quick, though. Quick enough that you’d wonder why a proper 911 Turbo or Turbo S was necessary.

On the inside

Cockpit aerodynamics are superb. With the roof down, you can be driving into the eye of a storm yet things still remain calm inside. It even has an electric roller-blind wind blocker behind the front seats, so you don’t have to wrestle with putting it up yourself. Oh, and volcanically powerful seat heaters mean you can motor roof-down in the most grimly inclement of weather. As for the dashboard, there’s a new PCM module compatible with Apple CarPlay, and a new steering wheel nabbed from the GT3 RS. 


With child seats in the back and a decent boot in the front, the 911 Cabriolet lives up to its reputation of being the world’s most practical sports car. Build quality and integrity are peerless too, and it’s maybe the most economical, lowest-emitting sports car of all. This all makes even its £85k entry-level prices seem like a trifling sum. You can soon recitfy it by hitting the options list.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S 2dr PDK
3.0s 216g/km 30.4 580 £154,614
The cheapest
Black Edition 2dr
5.0s 216g/km 30.7 350 £81,852
The greenest
2dr PDK
4.4s 172g/km 37.7 370 £87,641


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