If you want a high-performance car that will also ruffle your hair, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet should be on your shortlist. Although there are only four models in the range, the performance variation is extreme, with the 911 Carrera models competing with the Jaguar F-Type Roadster and the Mercedes SL, while the 911 Turbos rival supercars such as the Ferrari California and McLaren 650S Spider.
Despite its rear-engine layout, 911s are fabled for being one of the best handling and sharpest sports cars to drive. It’s reasonably practical, too, because unlike many of its rivals the 911 comes with two small rear seats and a relatively decent boot.
The range has four models to choose from, and even the entry-level Carrera offers blistering pace. Next up is the Carrera S, which ups the performance ante even further. They’re the two-wheel-drive models, but both are available with four-wheel drive (designated Carrera 4 or Carrera 4S) and with manual or optional automatic gearboxes.
Finally there are the Turbo and Turbo S Cabriolets. These only come with four-wheel drive and a PDK auto ‘box, and rank as genuine supercars. The Turbo S is the most powerful 911, and it pushes the performance envelope to the maximum.
Equipment levels are reasonable rather than generous, and Porsche offers a vast array of options; go mad with these and you’ll quickly add several thousand pounds to the purchase price.