New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Debuts

Sebastien Bell
by Sebastien Bell

With 23 more horsepower, a wider track, and a top that can drop in 12 seconds flat, the new 911 Cabriolet is faster, wider, and smoother.

Starting at $127,350 for the Carrera S and $134,650 for the Carrera 4S (destination included in both prices), we’ll start with the most cabrio-specific piece of information. Not only does the top drop in just 12 seconds, but it can also go down at speeds of up to 31 mph and thanks to new hydraulics is even smoother than before, according to Porsche.

Power, as you’d expect, is rated at 443 hp (23 more than the outgoing models) and comes from Porsche’s 3.0-liter flat six thanks to new piezo injectors. The injectors are highly precise and can be actively controlled for optimal fuel metering in all scenarios.

That’s paired to an 8-speed double-clutch gearbox (a manual is coming soon, Porsche promises), and it can all get you to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds for the S or 3.6 seconds for the 4S.

Both of those times are an improvement of 0.4 seconds over the ongoing models. If you pick the Sport Chrono Package, though, you get an extra 0.2 seconds of life back on your way to 60, because the S gets there 3.5 seconds and the 4S gets to speed in just 3.4 seconds.

And while the acceleration times are a little better for the AWD 4S, if you want raw top speed, you’ll be looking at the RWD Carrera S, because it gets all the way to 190 mph (4S tops out at a laughable 188 mph).

To get you around corners, the Porsche has expanded the front width of both the Carrera S and 4S, by 1.77 inches, giving them each a wider track. The rear-end of the RWD model, meanwhile, is widened to match the 4S’s 72.9 inches, but the 4S maintains the same width as its predecessor.

A new, wider rear wing should also help keep you glued to the road in high-speed corners, and an all-aluminum body (except the bumpers) should make this faster in the slower corners, too.

Inside, meanwhile, you get Porsche’s latest 10.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system (nearly 4 inches larger than the old one) and the instruments surrounding the central tach have been digitized to give you whatever information you need.

That screen can also help you see in the dark because it can show you thermal imaging night vision, which is neat but optional. Standard, though, are collision and pedestrian detection to help prevent or reduce the impact of a collision. While Porsche’s newly publicized “Wet Mode” should keep you safe if you’re driving quickly in the rain, which is apparently something Porsche drivers do.

As is appropriate for a convertible, the 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabriolet will hit dealership showrooms this summer, though the company might be missing the boat a bit, because they won’t be available until late summer.

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Sebastien Bell
Sebastien Bell

Sebastien is a roving reporter who covers Euros, domestics, and all things enthusiast. He has been writing about the automotive industry for four years and obsessed with it his whole life. He studied English at the Wilfrid Laurier University. Sebastien also edits for AutoGuide's sister sites VW Vortex, Fourtitude, Swedespeed, GM Inside News, All Ford Mustangs, and more.

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