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Video: This Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet is a track day, back road weapon

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Though convertible sports cars have been seen as inferior to coupes for track work, does it have to be that way? In this episode of The Smoking Tire, host Matt Farrah takes this HG Performance- and BBI Autosport-tuned Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet for a drive in San Diego County and admits it would be a great track weapon.

The car in question, a 997.2-generation Turbo S, already had monstrous performance before the modifications courtesy of a 3.8-liter flat six boosted to 530 horsepower and 518 pound-feet of torque. With HG’s powerkit, the Porsche now makes 675 hp via upgraded turbochargers, methanol injection, and intake and exhaust systems. Of course, there’s more, but we’ll let you find out when you tag along for the drive.

Farrah is a jaded enthusiast, having driven plenty of high-horsepower cars before, so it takes something special to get him to react the way he does here. Nearly every time he stabs the throttle on Palomar Mountain’s straights, he bellows out a laugh or giggles uncontrollably. Watch the video above, which might change your mind about the stigma of Cabriolets being turned into high-horsepower performers.

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