The latest Porsche 911 Cabriolet which goes on sale in March of 2012 has a new ‘intelligent’ lightweight folding soft-top roof. Porsche’s convertible fabric roof uses magnesium in its frame design to significantly reduce weight thus improving performance, fuel consumption and lowering the centre of gravity. Porsche die-hards will be pleased to find however that the skinny roof hasn’t effected the classic roofline.
In other respects the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet will replicate much of the specifications of the 2013 Coupé. This means a choice of either 350 hp 3.4-litre and 400 hp 3.8-litre rear mounted flat-six engines. The lines may look very much like every other 911 in history but there is a longer wheelbase and wider track than the outgoing car. The overhangs have then been reduced to keep the dimensions as compact as ever. A new electro-mechanical power steering system is added which Porsche claim provides greater driving precision and agility.
The 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet both come with a manual gearbox as standard while the super-quick 7 speed PDK double-clutch transmission comes as an option that delivers lower fuel consumption and shorter acceleration times. Both of the open topped 911s options return 28 mpg over the combined cycle.
The 911 Carrera Cabriolet models go on sale in the UK on March 3rd 2012. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet is priced from £79,947 and the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet from £89,740.