Just four months after the official unveiling of the new 991 911 Carrera and Carrera S models at the Frankfurt Motor Show, Porsche AG has used the Detriot Auto Show to lift the lid on the Cabriolet versions of their new 911 family.
As with the Carrera model on which it’s based, the Cabriolet version feature the same revised 257 kW 3,4-litre flat-six engine as introduced in Frankfurt, while the Carrera S Cabriolet boasts a 3,8-litre powerplant delivering 298 kW. The most powerful of these two new models is good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 4,5 seconds (fitted with the PDK transmission). Importantly, both of these engine options have been revised and developed to deliver improved efficiency despite their enhanced performance figures. The new 3,4-litre unit boasts a claimed overall fuel consumption figure of just 8,4 litres/100 kilometres (again, with PDK).
The new generation Cabriolet models benefit from the improved overall rigidity of the 991 911 Carrera range and, as a result, delivers improved performance and handling dynamics over those of the previous generation. Depending on equipment levels, the new Cabriolet is also up to 60 kilograms lighter than the equivelent model it replaces.
New lightweight roof technology has allowed Porsche to mimic and retain, more so than ever before, the original sleek profile of the 911 models on which the soft-top versions are based. This material roof can be operated at speeds of up to 50 km/h and folds away neatly ahead of the engine compartment. A new power wind deflector is also included in the package.