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The Getaway Car: EX test drives the Porsche 911 Cabriolet

By: Ted Macauley

The hot, and I do mean hot, Majorca sunshine took over where the cool silvery moon had left off and its beams pinpointed a view centred eye-catchingly in the shadows of the spectacular Tramuntana mountains backdrop.

Sheer joy. A sight to behold. A black beauty. My borrowed Porsche 911 Cabriolet.

It was not only a welcome means of escape from the rather dreary hotel I had booked into and, despite my obvious able-bodied-ness, been allotted the disabled guest’s room, it was a parade of a car on an island of show-offery.

And neither I nor Trophy Wife fret about being stared at in an atmosphere of the utter envy of bystanders.


An eye-catching sports car that's both safe and speedy 

Porsche does not mess about or stint on style when there is real big money to be gained for a return of sheer excellence on the move at a breathtaking, but safe, speed.

This charismatic rag-top cabrio-cousin to the coupe, one of the world’s truly eminent sports cars, is a gift to sun-worshippers like me and TW who revel in breeze-in-the-hair driving.

Its behaviour and hard-grip road-holding, fitting of such a painstakingly developed example of automotive genius, was immaculate whatever pressures I applied, whether on the sharp mountain turns or on the straighter, slightly faster, runs to the capital, Palma.

There is so little tyre noise and if you opted for the spec, as on our car, of adaptive dampers – at extra cost – the ride becomes pleasant and compliant.

With the roof down you could be plunging into a gale and it would not disturb the calm of a cleverly designed cockpit that even has an electric roller-blind breeze-blocker behind the front seats so you don’t have to fiddle to put it up.

And the seat heaters … wow; these are a treat of bum-warming that even with the top tucked away and the chillest air striving to invade keep you fireside-ishly comfy and cosy.


The sleek design carries through to the dashboard, too 

With the kiddy-seats in the back and a generously spaced boot upfront the cabrio lives up to its deserved reputation as one of the most practical of sports cars.

It certainly gives the likes of its rivals, the Audi R8 Spyder, the Mercedes SL and the Jaguar XKR, a good run for their money and performance levels.

As a final tribute to Porsche’s enlightenment I cite the roof. It has been redesigned, with magnesium panels sandwiched into the fabric so that when the roof is up it is effectively a hard top.

Whatever words of praise I may summon up, I feel, fall well short of the reality which may only be discerned by getting behind the wheel for a spin to thrill.

The perfect getaway car from a drear holiday stopover.


Specifications: Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Trim levels: Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, Turbo and Turbo S
Engines: petrol 3.4 and 3.8
MPG: 29.1
BHP: 400
Speed: 187 mph (300kph), 0-60 (100kph) in 4.7 seconds
Price: From S$502,788, excluding CEO


This story was first published in EX’s April/May 2015 issue.