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Porsche's 997-series 911 Cabriolet proves it's no longer sacrilege to lift the lid

31 Aug 2005

THE 911 Cabriolet is generally seen as the car you have if you don’t really want a true Porsche. The extra weight, the loss of purity of line and the reduced torsional strength all detract from the basic 911 essence. Why would you sacrifice handling, body rigidity and performance when surely performance is what a Porsche is all about? Well, maybe it’s time to think again. The latest 997 version of the 911 Cabriolet is, once again, heavier than the equivalent coupe, but you could never say it lacked performance or - with a body that’s more rigid than its already solid predecessor - handling. Zero to 100km/h is an ego-saving 5.2 seconds and, with the top down – an action that can be performed at speeds up to 50km/h - no Porsche ever sounded better when being accelerated through a steep-sided road cutting.

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Model release date: 1 May 2005 to 1 August 2008

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996 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Released: July 1998
Ended: April 2005
Family Tree: 911

Porsche's previous-generation 996-series 911 coupe went on sale Down Under in January 1998, with the Cabriolet version appearing here in July. Both featured Porsche's first liquid-cooled boxer engine, in this case a 3.4-litre iteration offering 221kW/350Nm. Both 996 coupe and cabrio were facelifted for MY2002, arriving here in August 2001 with a larger 3.6-litre boxer with 235kW/370Nm. Pricing rose from $199,900 to $202,000.

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