Cool and cosy in your 911 Cabriolet
Offering the best of both worlds to our drop-top drivers.
The perfect cabin temperature is something we’ve all come to expect from our cars. But it wasn’t so long ago that all bets were off when it came to convertibles.
Woolly hats in high summer and an icy draught around the ankles were all part and parcel of the al fresco motoring experience.
Today, however, the latest generation of 911 Cabriolet has a highly intelligent automatic climate control system that constantly adapts to ensure both driver and passengers are kept cosseted against the cold of a winter drive, or perfectly cool in the summer heat.
Creating such a system is not without its challenges of course. In the coupé-bodied 911 Carrera, the interior temperature sensor is a straightforward central control variable, but the Cabriolet concept demands more creative thinking.
The solutions start as soon as you hit the button to stow the roof, when the new cabriolet control system slowly suppresses the temperature sensor. The complex automatic climate control system then processes around 350 signals in half-second intervals in coordination with 20 external and 20 internal interfaces.
Sensors continuously record various parameters such as outlet, outside and coolant temperatures as well as engine speed, insolation and vehicle speed. The climate control system uses this data stream to continuously calculate the optimum air temperature, air outlet volume and air distribution in the open environment of the Cabriolet’s cockpit.
The benefits of this complex intelligent control system are particularly noticeable at low speeds. In the searing summer heat of the city, drivers of the new 911 Cabriolet can still enjoy the perfect cabin temperature. And even in more changeable weather conditions, the climate control reacts to practically every cloud in the sky with minor adjustments, all without any form of manual intervention.
In the depths of winter, meanwhile, the system overrides the conventional comfort formula of ‘warm feet, cool head’ by distributing more warm air via the central air vents. This creates a veil of heat for the driver and front passenger without air being blown directly in their faces.
With woolly hats abandoned and hands warmed on the heated steering wheel, the new 911 Cabriolet is truly an all-season sports car.
911 Carrera Cabriolet Models: Fuel consumption combined 10.2 – 9.6 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 234 – 218 g/km
911 Turbo S Cabriolet: Fuel consumption combined 11.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 257 g/km
(all as of 06/2020)