December 21, 2004: In keeping with its heritage, Porsche's new model introductions just keep coming. For after the introduction of every new generation, the variant models of that new product are introduced over the course of the next few years. And so, just a few months after the launch of the new 911 Carrera Coupé over the summer, Porsche AG in Germany is introducing the Cabriolet version of the sports car. And it is slick; the soft roof opens and closes fully automatically at the touch of a button in just 20 seconds, collapsing in Z-configuration within the roof compartment with the outer side of the roof facing the top. Furthermore, the roof can be opened and closed while driving at a speed of up to 50 km/h, so no more concern that the traffic light might turn green before the roof is folded away!
“Many more Porsche owners in the Gulf are now opting for open-air versions than in previous years,” said Mark Bishop, Porsche Middle East’s managing director, who is based in Dubai. “At Porsche in the region here we have seen, over the past few years, the popularity of soft top vehicles rise noticeably. Of course with advanced air conditioning systems in our cars and the option of buying a soft top car complete with a removable hard top for the hottest months, it has become a very fun option for our customers to consider.”
And who wouldn’t want to take advantage of the cooler and sunnier months in the Gulf?
This 911 has the choice of either the 325 bhp 3.6-litre flat-six or the S-model with its 3.8-
litre power unit developing 355 bhp. The 3.6-litre version of the open-air Carrera (with manual gearbox) accelerates to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds, the Carrera S Cabriolet completing this exercise even faster, in 4.9 seconds. As on the Coupé versions, standard equipment is visibly more than previous models. The new convertibles are equipped with features such as larger wheels, a wind deflector, PSM Porsche Stability Management and PCM Porsche Communication Management including Porsche Sound Package Plus (CD radio with nine loudspeakers). The two Cabriolets will be introduced at Porsche dealerships in the Gulf in April 2005. More Facts
The Cabriolets naturally come with all the excellent driving dynamics already boasted by the Coupés. Benefiting from outstanding lightweight concepts, the basic version weighs a mere 1480 kg while the Carrera S weighs 1505 kg, thus ranking right at the top in its market segment also in this respect. Hence, both Cabriolets weigh just 85 kilos more than their respective Coupé counterparts.
As a result of their very good power-to-weight ratio and the typical Porsche suspension, these two open-air sports cars offer exemplary agility and dynamic handling particularly in bends. The Carrera S Cabriolet comes as standard with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management available as an option on the 3.6-litre Carrera and offering an entirely new dimension in driving dynamics.
Both models have exactly the same top speed as their Coupé counterparts – 285 km/h and, respectively, 293 km/h – thus proving their outstanding aerodynamic qualities. Both versions of the Cabriolet have a drag coefficient of 0.29, ranking right at the top versus international competition also in this respect.
Report from 28/02/2005
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