Portrait of a Supercar: Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet

Open-top 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. Say it again. Open-top 911 Turbo S Cabriolet. It sounds like a fine wine, a piece of art, something to be proud of when you flaunt it around the neighborhood or with your friends. But first, news and information about why you should run, er, sprint to your nearest Porsche dealer and pick me up as soon as humanly possible.

I read a line on the Porsche website once that said I’m “all about the intense experience of driving with the hood down.” And I most definitely am, but I’m also about the performance—that rush you’ll feel when you charge from 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. Exhibitionist, you.

There are some standards in my design that make for precise and prominent placement, such as my two exhaust gas turbochargers that have as much to do with aesthetics as they do performance. In other words, as handsome and daring as my 50 year legacy.

If you want optimum engine performance, turn to the EMS SDI 3.1 engine management system, which is my brain, monitoring everything from my emission levels to my fuel. Look out for my all-wheel drive features that allow for more effective measures on the road, as well as the Porsche Traction Management, which allows for my multi-plate clutch and automatic brake differential.

You want to get in my head, don’t you? My communication management system is the interface for all the information you’ll need, displayed on a 6.5-inch touch screen with easy controls. Feel free to toggle through the radio choices, use my CD/DVD drive and GPS navigational system, all while monitoring sounds in the 5.1 Discrete Surround Format through my BOSE Surround Sound System.

Like most luxury cars, I come complete with elegant ergonomics. My steering wheel comes with heat options and adjustments for height and reach. The leather that graces my dashboard, doors, seats and rear side panels is delicately smooth and the 911 Turbo S models have an exclusive feature of two-tone leather interior in either black and cream or black and titanium blue. Sportster-worthy, hmm?

Looking to go hardtop or use my automatic convertible top? Either way is fine and will elicit exceptional results from onlookers who will want a Turbo S Cabriolet, but will have to settle on a ride from you.

530 hp at 6,250 rpm
0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds
Top speed: 196 mph
Fuel: 24 mpg highway
MSRP: $172,100

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At night when Cal Hunter's family is asleep, the only thing he loves more than a tall glass of Wild Turkey next to his Mac is the clicking of keys when thoughts become words and sentences become a story. He thinks, he lives, he writes. There isn't much more to know.