Porsche 911 Cabriolet arriving in Spring 2012

The first 991-series 911 coupés are yet to make their way onto their new owners' driveways, but that hasn’t stopped Porsche revealing the soft-top version of its distinguished sports car. The new cabriolet will make a timely entrance to market in Spring 2012, complete with an innovative roof design.

The convertible shares common aluminium-steel architecture and engine options with its roofed sibling, but the new variant’s innovative roof makes use of new materials to offer a tidier appearance, improved economy and enhanced refinement over its cloth-topped predecessor.

Central to the improvements is a new cover, which is now partly composed of fabric-lined composite panels that not only serve to reduce buffeting (thus increasing refinement), but also give the convertible a tauter roofline which echoes that of the coupé. It sits on a lightweight magnesium frame, helping Porsche give the convertible the same dietary treatment bestowed on its fixed-roof stablemate, while the patented design allows decapitation to be completed in an impressive 11 seconds, operable at speeds of up to 37mph.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet arriving in Spring 2012

Fuel economy for both the Carrera (3.4-litre, 335bhp) and the Carrera S (3.8-litre, 394bhp) is at least 28mpg on the Combined cycle. Gearbox options remain the same as in the coupé: the world’s first 7-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK double-clutch unit, which further improves fuel economy and offers shorter acceleration times.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet arriving in Spring 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet arriving in Spring 2012
Porsche 911 Cabriolet arriving in Spring 2012

Reaching UK showrooms in March 2012, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet will be priced at £79,947 for the base Carrera and £89,740 for the more potent Carrera S.

Text: Joe Breeze
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