Despite the UK summer coming to an end, Porsche is ready to launch a convertible Cabriolet version of its 911.
Set to go on sale in December, motorists will probably not want to ride along with the top down until summer next year, but it’s still a welcome introduction to the new 911 model’s range.
An official unveiling in Los Angeles at the Auto Show will allow Porsche to demonstrate the vehicle topless without as much threat of inclement weather.
For the pleasure of experiencing the fresh air whilst behind the wheel, consumers will have to part with £126,766 for the Turbo Cabriolet and £149,511 for the Turbo S Cabriolet.
According to Porsche, the vehicle will demonstrate all of the dynamic capabilities of the average 911 Turbo, but will provide the pleasure of riding in an open top sports car. That fact was probably pretty obvious.
The Coupe model was released just a couple of months ago, and the new convertible versions will be providing drivers with a turbocharged 3.8-litre six-cylinder that delivers 520hp in the open-top 911 Turbo and 560hp in the S model.
Of course, the 911s still deliver the speed in the top-down models, with a zero to 62mph time of 3.5 second for the Turbo and 3.2 for the S. Imagine reaching that velocity with the wind rushing through your hair.
The speedometer will max-out at 197mph. I’m sure that’s more than sufficient for most motorists.
Surprisingly, the 911s produce much better performance in terms of fuel economy than you might expect. Delivering 28.5 mpg on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) and producing 231g of CO2 per kilometre.
All in all, the new models outperform their predecessors.
According to Porsche, the 911s are 0.2 seconds faster when it comes to reaching the 62mph mark and are 15 per cent more fuel efficient. These are two very simple reasons to justify an investment!
Of course, the 911 does still keep the classic stylings of the cars that came before it, delivering the iconic aesthetics that has made the model so loved worldwide.
However, with the top down, it’s just… cooler. In all senses!
There are a couple of small changes though, as detailed by the manufacturer:
“More than ever before, both of these new top-of-the-range models also make a clear visual statement about their performance. The characteristic, widely flared rear wings of the new 911 Turbo generation are 28 mm wider than those of the 911 Carrera 4 models – a virtually level surface of just over a hand’s width extends out from the C-pillar to the outer edge of the vehicle. The impressive effect of this width is accentuated still further when the top is down.”
Porsche also went on to boast an “exclusive” panel bow top with lightweight magnesium frame. This helps the new models to maintain an arch-like shape when the top is closed, which also helps aerodynamics.
Drivers will not have to worry about unpacking and reattaching the roof either, as it closes itself in around 13 seconds.
The car also keeps the class going on the inside, with features including an exclusive interior in black/carrera red and adaptive Sport Seat Plus seats with 18-way adjustment and memory.
Furthermore, the model will keep the Bose sound system used in the previous model, giving customers a top-quality audio experience in addition to a sensational drive.