Car reviews - Porsche - 911 - Cabriolet
Drop-top Porsche still packs a punch.
31 May 2012
By TIM NICHOLSON
PORSCHE introduced its all-new 991-series Carrera Cabriolet to the Australian market just two months after the Coupe that introduced us to the larger platform and a new 3.4-litre entry-level engine, which is just as potent as the previous 3.6-litre flat-six but more efficient.
The fabric roof is stretched over four large magnesium panels that provide an identical form to the coupe’s roof for the first time, even extending all the way down to the pop-up spoiler to ensure a join-free profile.
A clever lightweight folding system ensures the soft-top can be retracted in just 13 seconds, even up to 50km/h.
Porsche reckons the new Cabriolet is so good it will account for up to 50 per cent of 911 sales – up from 30 per cent – and our track-only introduction shows why they are so confident.
Model release date: 1 April 2012 to 1 January 2016
January 2012Family Tree: 911
THE 997-series 911 Cabriolet arrived in April 2005, six months after the coupe, and was offered in two specifications – the 3.6-litre Carrera and 3.8-litre Carrera S.Get the full story: Porsche 911 is transformed with a slick, new auto transmission, but at a price
The 3.6-litre six-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine produced 239kW of power and 370Nm of torque while the 3.8-litre flat-six produced 261kW and 400Nm, with both driving through a standard six-speed manual gearbox or five-speed Tiptronic auto.
All-wheel-drive Carrera 4 models followed in February 2006.
A major midlife facelift in October 2008 – the same time as the coupe range – saw the adoption of direct-injection engine technology, significant suspension modifications and the introduction of a dual-clutch seven-speed automated gearbox dubbed PDK.
A new 3.6-litre engine was 18cc larger, with an aluminium block, and now produced 254kW and 390Nm.
Porsche also modified the suspension and brakes, with revised springs, dampers and anti-roll bars across the range, while the Cabriolet’s soft-top roof was made of a harder-wearing material.
The Series II was subtly distinguished by redesigned front and rear bumpers, revised headlights incorporating bi-Xenon beams with washers, LED daytime-running lights, and reshaped tail-lights.
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