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Porsche has unveiled the open top version of the tech-packed Porsche 911 Turbo, naturally called the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet. Following the 20-year old tradition of open top 911s, the new type 997 Porsche 911 Turbo features a classic soft top.

Powering the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet is the same 3.6 litre six-cylinder boxer engine force fed through twin turbocharging with Variable Turbine Geometry turbochargers. Power output is 480 horsepower and 620Nm of torque from as low as 1,950rpm, which can be upped to 680Nm through an optional Sport Chrono Turbo Package overboost feature that increases turbocharger boost pressure momentarily when the situation arises. 0-100km/h with the manual takes 4 seconds, while the Tiptronic S auto takes 3.8 seconds.

Other than the absence of the roof, what are the differences between the coupe and the cabriolet? The additional chassis reinforcements required with a cabriolet only adds 70kg of extra weight to the car. The three-layer soft top goes up or down in 20 seconds. The rear spoiler which automatically extends at speeds of over 120km/h now extends 30mm further than the coupe model, and it would be interesting to note that the 911 Turbo Cabriolet is the only standard series convertible that generates negative lift at the rear axle.

Rollover protection includes steel tubing integrated into the windshield frame and an extendable rollover protection behind the rear seats, fulfilling all legal requirements for passive safety in worldwide sales markets.

Three more photos after the jump.

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