Postdating hot with the heels of thenovel '991' series coupé, this is the brand novel 2012 911Cabriolet. Powered by the same 350 hp and 400 hp engines and on asimilarly high-tech aluminium and steel construction, the novel 911convertible is lighter, faster and more efficient as compared toearlier.
It is even usable on everything themost recent Porsche driving helps - having standard Porsche TorqueVectoring and elective Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control - creating ita redoubtable tool with a twisty road. But constructed to be a goodposer as well as a good goer, the Cabrio has two novel tricks of itsown like considerable.
First and foremost is the novel 'panelbow' roof design, which affords the soft-top such a flush appearanceit is simply mistaken for a fixed-head 911 at a glance. The secret isin the solid magnesium panels hidden under the fabric surface.
These make a smooth and awesomely stiffend; on the roof up the silhouette is now almost identical to thelines of the coupé. Refinement is even improved, but on the similarcompact packaging and no increase in weight.
The second innovation is the novelelectrically operated wind block, which pops up from behind the backseats at the push of a button. No more fumbling to detect and suit amanual equivalent means no more excuses when it arrives to making themost of sunny days.
For 911 Cabriolet customers these twoboasts are likely to appeal at least as much as the enhancedtorsional rigidity and the also more user friendly driving known. Butthat does not mean this is not however a fabulous sports car.
The 911 Cabrio releases in twoflavours: 3.4-litre Carrera and 3.8-litre Carrera S. Both arenon-turbo flat six 'boxer' units in traditional Porsche fashion,mounted at the rear and driving the rear wheels. Four-wheel-drive 991911s will follow in cause course.
Outfitted with the standard seven-speedmanual gearbox, the 3.4 Carrera makes 350hp - 5hp more as compared tothe 3.6 it substitutes - and propels the 911 Cabrio 0-62mph in 5.0seconds. That is 0.2 seconds faster as compared to earlier, and 0.3seconds behind its novel Carrera S big brother.
This now has 400hp, a 15hp gain abovethe last model, and does 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds. Specification theelective particularly if you plus the Sport Chrono package, whichmakes a standing begin optimizing launch control.
Contempt everything this, the 3.8requires around 4,500rpm on the dial earlier it begins to actuallyacquire moving; commit right to the red line and manual gearbox carsthen lunge again, covering the last some hundred rpm on eye-wideningbrutality - as the rubber band holding them rear has abruptlysnarled.