Six weeks on from the international unveil of an all-new Porsche 911, the covers are now off the eagerly anticipated Cabriolet. Continuing a tradition that began at the 1981 Frankfurt Motor Show with the original 911 drop top prototype, our designers have sought out the next level in open-air performance, offering all latest innovations of the contemporary Coupe alongside new elements specific to the Cabriolet.
The elegant yet purposeful shape of the new 911 remains, with its narrow waistline and wider front and rear track, but the soft top has been seamlessly incorporated into that timeless silhouette.
The new Cabriolet’s highly advanced roof design is powered by new hydraulics that open and close the roof more quickly than ever. It can be operated on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h and will now open completely in around 12 seconds. The mechanism is, of course, fully automatic and features an integrated glass rear window when closed and an electrically extendable wind deflector when open. The roof itself also contains magnesium bows that prevent it from ballooning at high speed.
In line with the dynamic advances anticipated in the Coupe, the 911 Cabriolet is expected to be even more capable on the road. The new engine mounting position in the 992-series makes the Cabriolet more torsionally rigid than its predecessor. And for the first time in our soft-top range, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis is available. The springs used for this are harder and shorter, the front and rear anti-roll-bars are more rigid, and the chassis overall has been lowered by ten millimetres. These adjustments give the 911 a more neutral feel on the road and even better handling characteristics thanks to improved weight distribution.
Like its Coupe stablemate, the new 911 Cabriolet is initially available in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guise. Both use the new and highly efficient 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six mated to a newly developed eight-speed PDK transmission. The Carrera S hits 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and tops out to 306 km/h (combined fuel consumption 9.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 208 g/km) while the all-wheel drive 4S will reach 304 km/h and 100 km/h in just 3.8 seconds (combined fuel consumption 9.0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 207 g/km)
Both cars are available to order now.
911 Carrera S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 9.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 208 g/km
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 9.0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 207 g/km