Revealed: New Porsche 911 Cabriolet
German luxury sports car manufacturer Porsche has revealed the second member of its new 992-generation 911 family- the new 911 Cabriolet. Despite having its roof removed, the next 911 Cabriolet is promising to retain the Coupe’s impressive dynamics, the vehicle shares the 992 Coupe’s all- new body and chassis. Initially available in the same Carrera S and Carrera 4S variants as the Coupe, the 911 range will expand with the Coupe as more models, such as the standard Carrera, GTS and Turbo, expected to appear over the next one year.
Based on the new MMB platform, Porsche claims the Cabriolet will have improved overall body stiffness over it already sturdy predecessor. This is because of the combination of a reinforced structure with additional strengthening braces along the floor and firewall section as well as core structural gains thanks to the new engine mounting points closer to the car’s centre of gravity. This makes the 992 Cabriolet the first open- top 911 to be available with the Sports PDCC Chassis option, something previously seen only on hard- top and Targa 911s.
Compared to the Coupe, the expected weight gain has not been disclosed by Porsche, but judging by the weight difference seen between body styles in the 991, we are expecting an addition of around 80 kg. Similar to the coupe, both rear- and all- wheel drive 911 Cabrio models now share a single body. Designers have worked hard to maintain the Coupe’s silhouette, but roof- down; the result - like all wide- bodied Cabrios - can look a little oddly proportioned from some angles, something only accentuated by the simple rear styling of the 992.
Capable of raising or lowering in just 12 sec at up to 31 mph, the new 911 Cabriolet’s roof is a powered unit. Also, in part to keep it from ‘ballooning’ at extremely high speeds, giving the usually soft roof extra definition, the fabric unit now features magnesium structural elements. Doing without a full tonneau as the traditional 911 Cabriolet models, when stowed the roof sits neatly within its coverless shroud. Apart from this, for the first time on the model is offered the Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system, which brings with it stiffer, shorter springs, a 10 mm- lower ride height and stiffer anti- roll bars.
At the inside too, both the coupe and cabriolet share new technology features and options as well. The shared features include the new Wet driving mode that detects when the car is travelling on a wet surface and primes the chassis and its electronic systems accordingly. Also, the interior now gets the sharper design from the new Cayenne and Panamera. This means a lot of flat, angular surfaces, capacitive touch buttons and then a 10.9- inch infotainment screen. Below this, a bank of five toggle switches has been provided to access important function. The navigation system is now an online swarm data- based system.
The new soft- top Porsche 911 Cabriolet shares its launch line- up with the new 911 coupé, which means the rear- wheel- drive Carrera S and four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S models will be offered. Power for both cars comes from the same twin- turbocharged 3.0- litre flat six engine, which produces 444 bhp and 530 Nm of torque. When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Carrera S can crack 0- 100 kmph in 3.7 sec and the Carrera 4S in 3.6 sec. The Carrera S’ top speed is 306 kmph, while the four- wheel drive car can reach a maximum of 304 kmph. Apart from the wet driving mode, 992 generation 911 also gets new assistance systems like thermal imaging camera as well as active safety features found in most modern cars like brake assist, adaptive cruise control option includes automatic distance control, stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an autonomous Emergency Assist function, are available.
Though the official date is not confirmed yet, but the new 911 Cabriolet will go on sale sometime this year. Available to order now from Porsche dealers in the UK, prices will start at £102,755 for the Carrera S Cabriolet, a £9645 premium over the Coupe, while the C4S starts at £108,063. Deliveries will commence in second half of this year. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Porsche 911 Cabriolet.
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