2011 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
We're never ones to turn down the opportunity to spend time behind the wheel of a Porsche. Make it a turbo at a track, and we won't even care if it is a convertible. Which we recently had at Georgia's Roebling Road Raceway. It's hard to come up with new words to describe the handling abilities of the all-wheel-drive Porsche 911 Turbo. So we'll stick with the usual ones: incredibly flat, nimble, and precise.
The rear-mounted flat six got a slight boost in power last year to 500 horsepower, but due to variable output from twin turbos, there's never more than you, or the car, can handle.
Inside, the 911 remains a quiet and comfortable cruising machine with high-quality materials and excellent fit and finish. Folding our Cabriolet's cloth top is a smooth and quick operation, and as with most 911's, rear seats are more practical for storage than seating.
"Not usually a fan of driving convertibles around a race track, but the 911 is one that I have no problems with, especially the Turbo. It still feels plenty flat and solid in the corners, and the top doesn't flop around at high straightaway speeds. You can actually forget you're in a convertible." – Brian Robinson
A little less hard to forget however, is the $147,000 base price. Though we'd be willing to bet even that could be forgotten on your first sunny day of leaving work early for a quick blast through the countryside.
Engine: Rear-mounted flat six
Base Price: $147,000