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Nothing drives like a Porsche. Porsche cars are steeped in their performance history, induce thrills, and are on the wish lists of most performance enthusiasts. The interiors feature high-quality materials, but are designed to put the driver in charge.. Porsche competes with brands like Audi, BMW, Jaguar, and Mercedes-Benz. Let’s take a look at some of the best convertibles that Porsche offers today.

Boxster

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The 2016 Boxster is our top-ranked car in among Luxury Sports Cars and Luxury Convertibles. The Boxster celebrates 20 years this model year. The Boxster is a roadster known for aggressive handling, rapid acceleration, and enthusiast-approved performance. For the 2017 model year, Porsche introduces two new convertible models to replace the Boxster, called 718 and 718 S. This name pays respect to the famous mid-engine Porsche 718 which won many races in the 1950s and 1960s. The 718 and 718 S step away from the standard six-cylinder engine of the Boxster and instead utilize a turbocharged flat-four-cylinder engine. The 718 generates 300 horsepower while the 718 S, with a bigger 2.5-liter engine, makes 350 horsepower.

These new generation Boxsters are faster and more efficient than ever. An engaging six-speed manual transmission is standard, but a quick-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is also an option. The sport-tuned suspension of the Boxster enhances cornering and increases agility.

The 0-60 mph time for the 718 is 4.7 seconds while the 718S has a time of 4.2 seconds. It has a top track speed of 170 mph.

The new 718 has a wider stance and lower profile. It also features Bi-Xenon headlights, which are part of the resculpted front fascia. The rear now has four-point brake lights which also adds to the new look of the Boxster.

The interior of the 718 is stylish with high-quality materials. The racing-style seats are supportive, offering a fantastic vantage point of the road. The cargo area is split between the front and back and is average. There is 5.3 cubic feet in the front and 4.4 cubic feet in the back.

The 718 comes with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system and is now equipped with the new Porsche Communication System, which critics praise for excellent cell phone interaction as well its friendly interface. The 718’s power-operated fabric convertible top is available in four different colors, including red and blue, depending on the exterior color.

911

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The 911 ranks just behind the top ranked Boxster in our rankings for Luxury Sports Cars and Luxury Convertibles. The 911 comes in two different types of convertibles; the Cabriolet model has a power-folding fabric top and the Targa model has a smaller power-retractable fabric roof panel.

The 911 is powered by a twin-turbo six-cylinder rear-mounted engine. The 911 makes 370 or 420 horsepower, depending upon the trim level. The Targa trim has returned for this model year and the Carrera 4 and Targa 4 trim levels have all-wheel drive. According to Porsche, one-third of all Porsche buyers opt for all-wheel drive. However, rear-wheel drive is standard for most 911s. A seven-speed PDK, dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard, but there’s also a seven-speed manual transmission option.

The Targa and Carrera feature redesigned turbo engines with higher output and better fuel economy. EPA numbers for the 911 are 20/28 mpg city/highway.

Critics praise the four-passenger convertible for its responsive steering and confident braking system. This year’s 911 is .43 inches lower to the ground and has a new suspension. Critics find the suspension of the 911 to be comfortable and a nice balance of sports car and luxury sedan. This makes the 911 an excellent daily driver.

Inside the 911 the cabin is luxurious with superb material quality. The front seats are comfortable with good shoulder room and a supportive lumbar system.. Critics found the rear seats to be small and not well suited for taller adults.

The 911 has 5.1 cubic feet of front trunk space and 9.1 cubic feet of rear trunk space. Other standard features include heated and cooled seats (ideal for a convertible), collision avoidance technology, front and rear parking sensors and a Bose sound system.

2017 Porsche 911 Price and Engine Specs

Cabriolet Carrera $101,700 3.0L/182, 370 horsepower, 333 lb-ft torque
Cabriolet Carerra 4 $108,600 3.0L/182, 370 horsepower, 331 lb-ft torque
Targa 4 $108,600 3.0L/182, 370 horsepower, 331 lb-ft torque
Cabriolet Carrera S $115,700 3.0L/182 horsepower, 368 lb-ft torque
Cabriolet Carrera 4S $122,600 3.0L/182, 420 horsepower, 368 lb-ft torque
Targa 4S $122,600 3.0L/182, 420 horsepower, 368 lb-ft torque
Cabriolet Turbo $171,500 Twin Turbo 3.8L/232, 540 horsepower, 486 lb-ft torque
Cabriolet Turbo S $200,400 Twin Turbo 3.8L/232, 580 horsepower, 516 lb-ft torque

2017 Porsche Boxster Price and Engine Specs

718 Boxster $56,000 Intercooled Turbo 2.0L/121, 300 horsepower, 380 lb-ft torque
718 Boxster S $68,400 Intercooled Turbo 2.5L/152, 350 horsepower, 309 lb-ft torque