Porsche – 997 Turbo Cabriolet
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The 997 generation’s biggest updates were the interior and exterior styling, most notably the return to the “bug eye” round highlights of the original 911s and 993 generation. The slightly widened body and larger 18” wheels gave the 997s a more aggressive stance, and they all benefited from slightly increased power. Inside, the design was similarly reminiscent of the pre-996 generation design. The return to traditional styling makes the 997 generation feel like an homage to the iconic and prolific original 911s, yet the futuristic and modern technology and engineering make it a car firmly rooted in the present. The 997 is truly the best of both worlds, a modern car in a subtly classic body, an eye on the past but a nod to the future. Second Phase (post-2009) 997’s included facelift styling changes as well as direct injection, and PDK double clutch transmission which made them faster, lighter and therefore more fuel efficient than the earlier models.
Jeremy Clarkson said it best, noting that the 997 “will make love to your fingertips and stir your soul”
Debuted at the 2006 Geneva Auto Show, the 997 Turbo was an exciting update on the Carrera model. It featured a dramatically redesigned front bumper wherein the LED turn signal strips were integrated into the air intakes (a design feature that would be carried into the 991 generation). Like previous generations, the Turbo used the same wider body shell of the all-wheel drive models, giving it that aggressive wide-stance typical of the Turbo denomination. Other design changes included large air vents either side of the rear wheels and in the rear quarter panels as well as a retractable rear wing. The extensive use of aluminium was key in lowering the Turbo’s curb weight by 41kg and therefore upping its performance. The other component responsible for this feat? The incredible 473 hp engine based on that of the 911 GT1. In a Porsche production first, the engine used two BorgWarner VTG turbochargers that were fitted with a two-stage resonance intake system and were instrumental in reducing turbo lag at low speeds. All these improvements led to dizzying performance statistics. According to Porsche, the 997 Turbo does 0-60 in 3.9 (manual) and 3.7 (tiptronic) and has a top speed of 193 mph.
Thanks to the backwards production process of the 997 generation (cabriolet before coupe), the Turbo Cabriolet was one of the fastest convertibles in production when it was released, coming incredibly close to the Turbo coupe’s performance statistics.
This 997 has been optioned with an eye toward sportiness, it is presented with a black exterior over a red and black striped interior, chronopack, cruise control, white dials, SAT NAV, CD changer, telephone, PSM, PASM, BOSE sounds, heated seats, climate control, electric seats, memory seats, paddle shift, xenon lights, rear parking assist, and 19″ wheels.