Now that the new 992 generation of Porsche 911 has been revealed, attention in Stuttgart has turned to the convertible version. Due for launch in the first quarter of 2019, the soft-top will follow the coupe by being sold exclusively with a body as wide as the thickest 991.2s - and coming in Carrera S and Carrera 4S forms to begin with.
The soft-top will, of course, be heavier thanks to its strengthened lower structure and the electric roof mechanism. But Porsche did a pretty good job of masking the added mass in its convertible 991, so we can hope for more of the same in the new 992 model, which is larger than the old car in all directions but promises improved handling thanks to its further developed chassis. Our passenger ride in a prototype certainly backed the claim.
Power will come from the same specification turbocharged flat six used in the recently launched 992 coupe. The coupe's 3.0-litre motor produces 450hp and 391lb ft of torque, gains of 30hp and 22lb ft respectively over the output of its predecessor's engine - essentially a lesser evolved version of the same powerplant. With its extra mass, the cabriolet will almost certainly lose a tenth or two in the dash from zero to 62mph.
As you know, many more variants of the 911 will follow, including a more focused GTS and more powerful Turbo models. The convertible body shell will be offered with these versions, but, as before, there won't be any open top GT3s or GT2s. Because that would be sacrilegious.
When the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet arrives, prices should start at about £9,000 more than the coupe, as was the case with the 991 convertible. That'd mean prices open from about £102,000 at launch, although that will be for a PDK car. Assuming a manual gearbox is added to the cab line-up later on (although in this day and age, it's not necessarily a certainty), the starting price for the Carrera S drop-top should dip below £100k - we'll know for certain come spring time.