Six weeks after the launch of the launch of the 911 Coupe, Porsche AG introduced the new 911 Cabriolet. The open top 911 continues a long tradition that was first established when the company showcased the first 911 Cabriolet prototype in September 1981. The latest soft-top 911 Cabriolet includes the new and innovative features of the Coupe, also getting convertible-specific facets, like new hydraulics to open and close the roof quicker than before.
The 911 Cabriolet resembles the modern design lines of the Coupe, it remains unmistakably a Porsche 911 but in Cabriolet form. Featuring a fully automatic soft top, it comes with an integrated glass rear window. The structure has a magnesium surface known as bows, this prevents ballooning of the roof at high speeds. The roof can be open and close at speeds up to 50 km/h. New hydraulics have helped in reducing the opening time to roughly twelve seconds, the electrically extendable wind deflector takes care of shielding necks from wind impact.
The new 911 Carrera S Cabriolet has rear-wheel drive and uses a 2,981 cc charged six-cylinder boxer engine which is rated at 450 hp (331 kW) coming in at 6,500 rpm and 530 Nm torque offered between 2,300 and 5,000 rpm. The new engine uses an improved injection process, this has helped the drive efficiency to increase and has reduced emissions. Other optimisations include a new layout for turbochargers and a charge air cooling system. The engine has been mated to a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet goes from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and can reach speeds up to 306 km/h.
Other features include Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport chassis which has been made available for the 911 Cabriolet. It gets harder and shorter springs, a more rigid anti-roll-bar for the front and rear. Also on offer is a 10-millimetres lower chassis. These enhancements have given the 911 convertible better neutral feel on road and improved weight distribution.