Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Cabriolet. (PRNewsFoto/Porsche, Achim Hartmann

2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet models keep classic coupe roofline

Porsche has introducing two new cabriolet versions of the recently unveiled seventh-generation 911 Carrera. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will be offered for sale in the U. S. in the spring of 2012, sporting an aluminum-steel soft top that maintains the classic lines of the coupe.

The 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet features the same innovative aluminum-steel construction as the coupe. The addition of the all-new convertible top deftly manages to preserve the sleek 911 profile. The lightweight design includes extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and advanced high strength steel, ensuring lower mass and improved fuel economy while still offering the improved driving dynamics that result from lower weight. Like the 911 coupe, the new Porsche open-top models are significantly lighter than previous models in the line.

The new 911 Carrera Cabriolet can accelerate from 0-60 in a highly respectable 4.4 seconds, achieving a top speed of 177 mph. Meanwhile the 911’s big brother, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet can hit 60 mph in a take-your-breath-away 4.1 seconds, reaching a blistering track speed of 187 mph.

Both new cabriolets use the same engine as the matching coupes. The rear-engine 911 Carrera speedster utilizes a 3.4 liter boxer six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) generating 350 horsepower, matched to a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission. The open-air Carrera S features a 3.8-liter boxer six-cylinder DFI engine developing 400 hp. Both models consume less than 10 L/100 km on the New European Driving Cycle. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) figures will be available closer to the showroom date.

With the same longer wheelbase, wider front track and new features introduced on the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, the new cabriolets reportedly offer sportier driving characteristics along with greater precision, agility and efficiency.

On sale in the spring of 2012, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s base price is $97,300, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet begins at $108,000.

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