Porsche's ever-popular sports car, the 911, will have a model injection when its two new convertibles are added to the range next year.

Porsche's ever-popular sports car, the 911, will have a model injection when its two new convertibles are added to the range next year.

The new 911 Carrera and Carrera S models were unveiled and the convertible simultaneously earlier this year, with a choice of 239 kW 3,6-litre or the new 261 kW 3,8-litre engine.

The 3,6-litre version (with the new six-speed manual gearbox) accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 5,2 seconds, while the Carrera S completes the benchmark run in 4,9 seconds. Top speeds are matched to those of the hard-topped versions - 258 km/h for the Carrera and 293 km/h for the Carrera S.

Both cabriolets weigh only 85 kg more than the coupes and with a good power-to-weight ratio offer exceptional agility and handling. The Carrera S cabriolet comes standard with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), which is offered as an option on the Carrera.

The soft roof collapses into a Z-configuration in just 20 seconds. Fully automatic, it can be opened and closed at the touch of a button while driving at speeds up to 50 km/h. The outer side of the roof folds to face the top, protecting the heated rear glass window.

Once again, the list of standard equipment is extensive, and the new models will be fitted with larger wheels, a wind deflector, the Porsche Communication Management, and a sound package with a CD/tuner and nine speakers.

The cars will become available in April next year in the US and European markets and should arrive in South Africa shortly thereafter.