The new 911 Cabrio will be revealed at the Detroit motor show in January 2012. The stand-out feature of the 911 Cabriolet, over and above the stand out features of the 2012 911, will be its new trick folding soft-top.
Porsche has designed a new folding roof for the 2012 Cabriolet, which features a fabric-skinned composite panel for the top and back bits of the roof and magnesium in the frame, giving a much smoother appearance than a traditional folding roof. In fact, Porsche say, the roof of the 911 Cabriolet, when raised, ‘ …ensures the iconic 911 roof line is retained in its entirety’.
The new roof – which gets more traditional fabric on the sides – takes just 11 seconds to raise or lower and can be put up or down at speeds up to 37mph. The new roof design – a Porsche patented design – will also feature on the new Boxster. Elsewhere the 911 Cabriolet is much the same as its coupe sibling.
The longer wheelbase with wider front track and electro-mechanical steering offer more agility and better dynamics and lower weight – even in the Cabriolet – offers improvements in economy. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet gets the new 3.4 litre flat six with 350 horses and the Carrera S Cabriolet gets the 400 horse 3.8 lump. Porsche hasn’t offered us any performance figures for the 2012 Cabriolet, but they do say both the Carrera and Carrera S can better 28mpg. Which is quite a bit down on the 911 Coupe (34.4mpg and 32.4mpg).
Both the 911 Carrera and Carrera S Cabriolet will go on sale in the UK in March 2012 and will cost from £79,947 and the Carrera S Cabriolet from £89,740. We are pleased to say that we are now taking orders for both models and can currently offer launch cars for March delivery. Click here to Contact Us