There aren't many vehicles that have had the huge following over their lifetimes that the Porsche 911 luxury sports coupe has experienced. Since its appearance in 1963, the Porsche 911 has redefined what it a European sports car should look like. The 911 line truly built the Porsche brand and allowed it to gain world renowned fame, and today the model continues the tradition of fantastic, sleek design, powerful presence, and a winning attitude- whether it was on standard streets or in the race circuit. The first Porsche 911 coupe featured an air-cooled, rear-mounted engine (a truly innovative piece of machinery at the time) that produced 128 horsepower. This engine was improved in later models, but the 911's shape continues to harken back to its original origins to this day.
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This year, the Porsche 911 lineup is made up of over twenty different models, including coupe and Cabriolet (convertible) variants, as well as Turbo, Targa, and popular Carrera models. For this review, we'll focus on the 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet (or, convertible, in Porsche language). One of the pricier Porsche 911 models this year, the Turbo convertible has a starting MSRP $149,000, which can be further upped by additional features and packages. The Turbo also comes in a Coupe form, as well as a sportier S variant for the coupe and the Cabriolet. At first glance, many enthusiasts will see the Turbo's optional automatic Triptronic transmission as quite an offensive feature, expecting a clutch pedal. The 911 Turbo Cabriolet, however, seems to have come along to challenge all standard suppositions- making a large dose of power available to more drivers by including this sort of technology. This philosophy may not jive with all sports car enthusiasts, but, in that case, there are plenty of other Porsche 911 models available.
The Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet convertible isn't the quickest vehicle in its segment, with a top track speed of 194 mph and a zero-to-sixty time of 3.6 seconds, but it certainly gives its competitors a run for their money. It's also one of the fastest Porsche 911 models in this year's lineup; in fact, it's one of the fastest 911s ever built. As far as technology, safety, and comfort features go, the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet is also one of the best-equipped vehicles in this year's lineup, with several standard features other models are missing.