We’ve been blown away by the pace of the new Porsche 911 Turbo S, but how does it compare to its drop-top Cabriolet cousin? Oh, and we’ve chucked in a stripped-out GT3 wildcard for good measure…
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There’s no denying that the new Porsche 911 Turbo S is carwow’s king of drag racing – watch it demolish a Ferrari 812 Superfast and Lamborghini Aventador SVJ if you don’t believe us. But, can you have even more fun with your top off?
To find out, we’re pitting the new Turbo S against the Turbo S Cabriolet. These cars are almost identical on paper – both have 3.7-litre twin-turbo flat-six engines pumping out 650hp and 800Nm of torque. But, the 1,710kg Cabriolet tips the scales at 70kg more than the coupe. It can’t match the hard-top’s slippery aerodynamic shape with its roof folded down, either, which could hold it back at high speeds.
As an added bonus, we’ve thrown in a Porsche 911 GT3 for good measure. This hard-core track-day toy is a 991.2 model, meaning it’s one generation older than the two Turbo cars, but it weighs in at just 1,430kg – that’s 210kg less than the new Turbo S Coupe.
Sounds pretty promising so far, but the GT3 chalks up ‘only’ 500hp – 150hp less than the new Turbo S – and has to make do with rear- instead of four-wheel drive. The instant throttle response from its naturally aspirated engine could mean it has the edge in the rolling race, though.
So, think you’ve decided which rear-engined racer will win our latest drag race? Watch the video to see if you’re right.