Porsche offers free inspection for Cabriolet models

Article by Christian A., on April 26, 2011

Porsche wants to make sure that owners of its open-top models are guaranteed a great summer by offering a complimentary vehicle inspection on June 4 at participating Porsche Centres nationwide. Owners of a Porsche cabriolet will be given the service free of charge regardless of the age or model. The centers will welcome models like the 356 Speedster, 1994 968 Cabriolet, the Boxster Spyder or 911 Turbo Cabriolet.

The national Porsche Cabriolet and Roadster Service Clinic will inspect the cars for free. Owners also get the chance to attend a workshop at their local Porsche Centre together with their technician.

With these Service Clinics, customers are given the information and advice to make sure that the hood folding mechanism is operating correctly and that the roof remains wind and weather-proof.

There will be additional checks to maintain the safety, reliability, and performance levels of their cars.

Various activities will take place at each Porsche Centre, including classic open-topped Porsche showroom displays, cabriolet roof treatment demonstrations, light refreshments, and Le Mans-themed displays. The Service Clinics will be conducted one week before the Le Mans 24 Hours race in France.

When it comes to cars, customers will generally prefer one that displays improved driving dynamics, greater power, and better performance. This is the reason why engineers working at Porsche created the new Porsche 911 Turbo S. Inspired by the reputable and successful Porsche 911 Turbo, powering this high-performance unit is the boxer six-cylinder engine that is enhanced by two turbochargers that come with variable turbine geometry.

Compared to the 911 Turbo, the 911 Turbo S has a maximum output of 530 hp (390 kW), 30 hp higher. Peak torque meanwhile is excellent at 700 Nm, around 516 lb.-ft. Even with this increase in the performance and power, fuel consumption is at combined 24.68 mpg, or about 11.4/100 km. What this means is that the fuel consumption of the 911 Turbo S is the same as that of the 911 Turbo.

The implication is that the 911 Turbo S is truly the most efficient sports car in its segment. When it comes to technological features, the ones equipped as standard in the 911 Turbo S are typically offered as options on the 911 Turbo.

An example of this is the double-clutch seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) gearbox whose paddle shift levels are mounted on the steering wheel. This PDK ensures that the drive power is effectively channelled to the Traction Management all-wheel drive. It also has the Porsche Torque Vectoring with the limited slip rear mechanical differential, and when combined with the Dynamic Engine Mounts, it optimizes the safety and enjoyment of the 911 Turbo S.

Offered as standard is the Sport Chrono Package Turbo with the Launch Control function, which helps the 911 Turbo S accelerate from 0 to 62 mph (0 to 100 km/h) in merely 3.3 seconds. It even allows the Turbo S to go as high as 124 mph (200 km/h) within 10.8 seconds. Maximum speed is recorded at 196 mph (315 km/h). The inclusion of the fade-resistant Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes, which is also lightweight, also offers the same amount of performance when it comes to stopping power.

Being the first 911 Turbo S in half a decade, it exudes outstanding calibre and class. Highlighting these qualities even further is the high level of standard equipment. Examples of these are the adaptive sports seats, Dynamic Cornering Lights, and cruise control. There is also the Spyder designed 19-inch wheels. In the interior, there is the CD/DVD changer. The two-tone leather upholstery is exclusive to this model and is available in Black/Titanium blue combination or the Black/Crème mix.

Sales of the 911 Turbo S are slated to start in May 2010 with the Coupe version priced at £123,263 and the Cabriolet bodystyle at £130,791. In addition, each of the 911 Turbo S will have the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System. This is a high-tech vehicle security package that has even been approved with the Thatcham Category 5 standard. Additional technical details and other specifications will be released and confirmed towards the on-sale date.

The Porsche Experience Centre based at Silverstone will also be offering the Driving Experience Programme. This is a program aimed at helping customers explore better the dynamic qualities of the 911 Turbo S. It also helps them hone their driving skills further.

Topics: porsche, cabriolet

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