In February 1991, Porsche released the 944 Turbo Cabriolet, which combined the Turbo S’s 250 bhp engine with the cabriolet body. It was the last iteration of the 944 Turbo was the 944 Turbo Cabriolet. This was a 944 Turbo S with a special cabriolet body made by the American Sunroof Company (ASC) of Weinsberg, Germany, who also made the bodies for the 944 S2 Cabriolet.
The 944 Turbo Cabriolet is quite rare, with only 625 units made. 100 were made with right hand drive and the remaining 525 being left hand drive. The 944 Turbo Cabriolet was made for the U.K. and European markets and was never imported into the United states.
The 944 Turbo Cabriolet has the same turbocharged 2.5 L inline 4-cylinder engine from the 944 Turbo S model from 1988. With 250 bhp @ 6000 rpm and 258 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm of torque are sent to the rear wheels through a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Compared to the Coupe model, Cabriolet’s windshield is lowered about 6 cm (2.4 in) and raked back to reduce the wind noise when the top is down. The soft top were built by ASC and the cars were manufactured between February 1991 and April 1991 in Neckarsulm factory, Germany (VIN numbers we could find were WP0ZZZ95ZMN130061 – WP0ZZZ95ZMN130625 but we believe some are missing).
Porsche initially announced that 600 would be made, but ultimately 625 were built, 100 of which were righthand drive of these 50 are believed to of been supplied to the UK and the remaining 50 were sent between Australia, South Africa and Japan. The Porsche 944 Turbo cabriolet was built on the platform of the later 944 S2 series and was in fact one of the most powerful open top sports cars available at the time and with a 0-60 mph time of 5.8 seconds and a top speed of 162mph. The Standard spec included Porsche anti theft, Blaupunkt Symphony stereo radio cassette player, air conditioning and Electric Seats .