Shortly after unveiling the 992-generation Porsche 911 coupe, the fine people at Stuttgart has released the convertible version of the all-new 911 just in time for the open top season. The new model features an improved roof mechanism, a new generation interior and for the first time in a 911 Cabriolet, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport chassis.
On the exterior, the 911 Cabriolet echoes the new design of the 911 coupe. Rear-wheel drive 911 Cabriolets now feature a wider body just like all its existing all-wheel drive models. The rear axle is 44 mm longer while the front end is 45 mm wider.
All variants of the 911 Cabriolet feature horizontal profile intakes, new LED headlamps, pop-out door handles, variable-position spoiler, rear lightbar taillamps and integrated tailpipes in the rear bumper trim which Porsche says gives the car a stronger and lower stance.
The only discerning design cue is the retractable fabric roof that now opens or closes quicker than ever – 12 seconds at speeds up to 50 km/h, thanks to new hydraulic components. The 911 Cabriolet also features an electronically-extendable wind deflector that shields the cabin from wind impact for better refinement when driving with the roof down.
Inside, the new minimalistic cabin is identical to the coupe with a 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) touchscreen infotainment system, five-dial design instrument cluster with an analogue central rev counter, tiny electronic gear selector and new-generation steering wheel with a drive mode selector dial on the steering wheel for cars equipped with Sports Chrono Package equipped.
The 911 Cabriolet is available immediately in two variants – Carrera S and Carrera 4S. Both variants are equipped with a 3.0-litre turbocharged six-cylinder boxer engine and eight-speed dual-clutch transmission pushing out 450 hp and 530 Nm of torque.
The rear-wheel drive Carrera S sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (3.7 seconds with Sport Chrono Package) while the Carrera 4S will get there in 3.8 seconds (3.6 seconds with Sport Chrono Package). Top speed is rated at 306 km/h for the Carrera S and 304 km/h on the Carrera 4S. Both Cabriolets are 0.2 seconds slower and have a 2 km/h lower top speed than their coupe equivalent.
The PASM sport chassis that is made available for the 911 Cabriolet for the first time lowers the car by 10 mm, adds stiffer springs and more rigid front and rear roll bars gives the car a more neutral feel on the road with better weight distribution.
The camera-based warning and brake assist system, park assistant system and reverse cameras are fitted as standard while optional items include Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control, stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.
Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet