Porsche is doubling the driving fun of the new 911 Carrera with the addition of the Cabriolet alongside the Coupe model.
Local customers can expect the 911 Cabriolet in Australian showrooms around the beginning of April 2012 – approximately one month after the Coupe arrives. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet will be priced from $255,100 with the Carrera S from $288,300.
The ‘lightweight’ programme begun by the Coupe with its new aluminium body continues on to the Cabriolet with its all-new lightweight fabric hood which also features the use of magnesium. The innovative roof design extends to its appearance which mimics the silhouette of its hard top sibling. So even with the roof up the Cabriolet cuts a fine figure.
The intelligent lightweight design of the Cabriolet ensures less weight and more sportiness, lower fuel consumption and greater comfort. Porsche has therefore with the open-top 911s managed to reverse the weight spiral and make the new Cabriolet models significantly lighter than their predecessors.
Each of the two new Cabriolets has the same engine as its Carrera Coupe equivalent. The rear of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet houses a 3.4-litre flat six engine generating 257 kW of power driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual gearbox. The open-top Carrera S comes with a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine developing 294 kW and also a seven-speed manual transmission featured as standard.
Just like their Coupe siblings, both Cabriolet models have immensely improved fuel economy by consuming less 10 L/100 kms (NEDC). The Cabriolets as well have the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an optional extra, delivering even lower fuel consumption and faster acceleration.
Both open-top models also deliver greater driving precision and agility compared to their predecessors courtesy of a wider front track, longer wheelbase and new electro-mechanical power steering. Other standard or optional active control systems also enhance the driving dynamics.