Porsche set out to remake its 911 models for 2012. The result is no fewer than 90% of all 911 components are either new or have been fundamentally revised.
The 911 Coupe debuted the new aluminium-steel body, and now the Cabriolet shows off the all-new, unique hood: the result, the typical 911 roof line is retained in its entirety.
The 911 uses intelligent lightweight design, even including the use of magnesium in the hood, ensuring less weight and more sportiness.
The new Cabriolets have the same engine as its Carrera Coupé equivalent. A 350-horsepower 3.4-liter flat six in the base 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet will get you from 0-60 in 4.4 seconds. The 911 Cabriolet S employs a 400-horsepower 3.8-liter engine to do the deed in just 4.1 seconds.
Prices start at approximately $100,000.
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ATLANTA â€” November 22, 2011 â€” Porsche is introducing two new cabriolet versions of the recently unveiled seventh-generation 911 Carrera. These new models, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, will go on sale in the United States in the spring of 2012.
Like the coupe, the 2012 911 Carrera cabriolet features innovative aluminum-steel construction with the addition of an all-new convertible top design, which preserves the typically sleek 911 coupe roof line. Intelligent lightweight design that includes extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and advanced high strength steel ensures lower vehicle mass and lower fuel consumption while offering improved driving dynamics and additional comfort. As with the 911 coupe models, the new Porsche open-top models are significantly lighter than their predecessors.
The new 911 Carrera cabriolet can accelerate from 0-60 in as little as 4.4 seconds and achieve a top-track-speed of 177 mph, while the 911 Carrera S cabriolet can reach 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds and has a top-track-speed of 187 mph.
Each of the two new cabriolets uses the same engine as their coupe equivalents. The rear of the 911 Carrera houses a 3.4 liter boxer six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) generating 350 horsepower (hp), driving the rear wheels through a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The open-top Carrera S comes with a 3.8- liter boxer six-cylinder DFI engine developing 400 hp. The open-top 911s are significantly more efficient than their predecessors; both models consume less than 10 L/100 km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures will be available closer to the on-sale date.
With the longer wheelbase, wider front track and host of new features just introduced on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, the new cabriolet variants offer sportier driving characteristics, greater precision and agility and increased efficiency.
On sale in the spring of 2012, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet MSRP is $97,300, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet MSRP begins at $108,000.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.