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First Time 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet

For the first time the 911 Carrera 4S will be launched as a Cabriolet combining the excellent handling, traction and performance of the Coupe with the style and exhilaration of a soft-top. The classic 911 3.6 litre flat six boxer engine is perfectly attuned to the suspension, brakes and four-wheel drive system from the 911 Turbo, creating an open-air driving experience that is second to none. The attractive lines of this new Porsche are also emphasised by its rear haunches, which are 60 millimetres wider than that of the 911 Carrera.

All engine and chassis components are perfectly in tune with the rigid cabriolet body. The powerful 320 bhp (235 kW) 3.6 litre six-cylinder, horizontally opposed engine helps ensure maximum driving pleasure at all times, whether it’s on winding country roads or fast stretches of motorway. The car’s safety reserves include the standard electronic “Porsche Stability Management“ (PSM) system for driving dynamics control, which works together with the four-wheel drive to ensure excellent handling and driving stability.

The soft-top of the Carrera 4S Cabriolet is constructed from high-quality fabric and features the revolutionary zigzag folding mechanism. What is more, it can be opened and closed at the touch of a button while driving at speeds of up to 31 mph (50 km/h). The driver can operate the convertible top simply by pushing a button and it takes approximately 20 seconds for the roof to unlock and fold back neatly beneath a protective cover. The characteristic light strip between the rear lights – one of the identifying features of the C4S models – is unchanged, occupying the same position as on the Coupé.

When the roof is raised, the open 911 Carrera 4S with manual transmission can reach a maximum speed of 175 mph (280 km/h), matching that of the Coupé. Both model variants can also accelerate from 0 to 62mph in virtually the same time. The Cabriolet accelerates to 62mph (100 km/h) in just 5.3 seconds, two tenths of a second behind the Coupé – pretty impressive given the additional 70 kilograms in weight carried by the Cabriolet.

The Turbo brake system of the new Porsche Cabriolet delivers outstanding deceleration values and is thus on a par with the 911 Turbo. The perforated and internally ventilated brake discs with a diameter of 330 millimetres also play their part in the car’s performance. 18 inch light alloy wheels with tyres measuring 225/40 on the front axle and 295/30 on the rear axle transfer the braking power to the road. The car can – as is also the case with the Turbo – be fitted with the revolutionary ceramic brake system, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB), as an option.

The 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet comes with an extensive range of standard equipment. This includes metallic paint, full leather interior, hardtop and wind deflector. The Carrera 4S Cabriolet will be priced at £69,930 including VAT. The European market launch is scheduled for early October 2003 and the car will be shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2003.

Report from 05/06/2003