Porsche 911 Cabrio officially unveiled at Detroit show
You might feel as if you've had your fill of 991-generation 911s over the past couple of months, but Porsche isn't finished yet - and it's used the Detroit show to mark the world motor show premiere of the new 911 Cabrio.
Does my bum look big as this cabrio?
It's all pretty much as you'd expect, really, but the impressively tight-looking roof is more secure, more refined and (says Porsche) than ever. This is courtesy of rigid panels within the fabric structure that make the new roof similar in concept (though lighter) than a glass or metal folding hard top.
The roof can also be raised or lowered at speeds of up to 31mph. Prices start at £79,947 for the Carrera Cabriolet and a burly £89,740 for the S version. Engines and power outputs are the same as the coupe, so the 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre get 350hp and 400hp respectively. That's enough for the Carrera to hit 62mph in 5.0 seconds (4.8 seconds with the PDK and 4.6 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono) and for the S to nail 62mph in 4.7 seconds with the seven-speed manual (4.3 seconds with the PDK Sport Chrono).
The new 911 Cab goes on sale in the UK in March
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ooops, no, that hasnt happened. Come on Porsche, Iknow it's a tried and tested style, but well into the 21st century now. Isnt it time you thought a bit outside of your clinically styled box?
Johnboy Mac10 Jan 2012
An 'S' for 90K plus a few options = 100K, seems like a lot money for a 911.
kambites10 Jan 2012
It's a great design for the roof. Pretty much the best of both worlds of a folding hard-top and soft top design.
666 SVT10 Jan 2012
Getting a bit sick of Porsche design now. Why don't they take their great engineering skill and build a whole new sports car that's totally different to look at than anything that has gone before ? They can still keep six or seven models that look virtually the same but give people who like Porsche engineering skill but who have never been a fan of the shape something else. What would be the harm in that ?
MRCC10 Jan 2012
I completely accept the comments about Porsche moving on and away from the shackles of the 911, but if a 911 is your bag, I have to say I think the 991 is the best looking one ever and that includes the glorious 993 too.