The Turbo is not only the pinnacle of the 911 line-up, it's also the world's most affordable supercar. Even $136,500 seems reasonable when its fun factor is compared to the Lamborghini LP640 Roadster and Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR convertible. In those cars, I always hope I don't do something wrong; in the Turbo, I enjoy all the things I'm doing right. High speed is a small part of a sports car's appeal, but the Porsche obliterates the difference between here and there with such ease that it makes those who drive it, even those with Lizards in their heads, feel they're in total Control.

2008 Porsche 911Turbo Cabriolet

*Layout
Longitudinal rear engine, all-wheel drive

*Engine
3.6-liter flat six, dohc, 32-valve

*Transmission
Six-speed manual

*Suspension
F: Independent, MacPherson-type coil spring/strutR: Independent, five control arms, coil spring/strut

*Brakes
Six-piston 13.78-inch cross-drilled internally vented monobloc calipers

*Dimensions
Length x Width x Height (in.):175.2 x 72.9 x 51.2Wheelbase: 92.5 in.Curb Weight: 3726 lb

*Performance
Peak Power: 480 hp @ 6000 rpmPeak Torque: 457 to 501 lb-ft @ 1950 rpm0-62 mph: 4.0 sec.Top Speed: 192 mph

*Why we love it: Time-bending power, easy to drive fast

*Why we don't:
The extra weight

The price tag: $136,500

By Greg N. Brown
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