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2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet


Now that Porsche has unveiled the new generation 911/991 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the company has started to test the convertible version. Obviously, the two models will more or less be the same, but the Cabriolet will feature a canvas soft-top - and not the folding hardtop previously suggested.

Like with the coupe version, the 911/991 Cabriolet will receive an updated exterior featuring an even more muscular stance, a new headlamp design, remodeled exterior mirrors, and new wheels. The interior will be more driver-focused and will offer better technology.

As for the engine line-up, the standard Carrera will get a 3.4 liter direct-injected flat-six engine that will deliver a total of 350 HP, while the S version will feature a 3.8-liter flat-six with direct injection engine delivering a raised output of 400 HP. Performance times would obviously suffer just a tad with the added weight of the soft top, but shouldn’t be too far off of the 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds for the Carrera and 4.3 seconds for the Carrera S.

UPDATE 01/09/2012: The new 911 Cabriolet made its North American debut at the Detroit Auto Show allowing Porsche to unveil a new promo video for the sports convertible. Enjoy!

Exterior and Interior

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

The design of the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet bears a lot of similarities with the coupe version, particularly the use of an innovative aluminum-steel construction to make up the car’s body. The sturdy nature of the the 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s shell is the perfect compliment to the coupe’s flat stretched silhouette, exciting contours, and precisely designed details. As a drop-top version, the 911 Cabriolet comes with an all-new convertible top design that greatly preserves the typically sleek 911 coupe roof line while also carrying an intelligent and lightweight design that makes use of plenty of aluminum, magnesium, and advanced high strength steel, ensuring improved driving dynamics and additional comfort for the driver and his passengers.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Meanwhile, all the standard features of the 911 Carrera’s interior can also be found on the cabriolet version, particularly the classic instrument cluster that includes a high resolution, multi-function screen, a central rev counter, and an ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.

The New Roof Technology

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

One of the more distinguishing elements of the new 911 Cabriolet is the soft-top, retractable roof. For the 2012 model, Porsche unveiled a new design that features a glass rear window that has been glued directly to the outer fabric skin. According to Porsche, this new wrinkle will also be used in some of the company’s forthcoming models, particularly the new Boxster.

Going back to the design of the roof, Porsche also used a magnesium frame to support the roof structure, while making use of composite paneling to built the upper and rear parts of the roof. As far as the side panels are concerned, Porsche retained their traditional multilayered fabric design, allowing the whole structure to be folded and stowed under a tonneau cover.

The whole process of raising and/or stowing the roof takes 11 seconds to complete and can be done so at a speed of anything under 37 mph.

Performance

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Both the 911 Carrera and the 911 Carrera S will be using the same powertrain as that of their coupe counterparts. As for the former, the engine is a 3.4-liter boxer six-cylinder engine that produces 350 horsepower and mated to a choice of either a seven-speed manual transmission or an optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission. This translates to a 0-62 mph acceleration time of just 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph.

Meanwhile, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will be powered by a 3.8-liter boxer six-cylinder DFI engine that produces 400 horsepower and is mated to a choice of the same seven-speed manual transmission or an optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission. In case you opt for the optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission, the resulting performance numbers for the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will take it from 0-62 mph in just 4.3 seconds while hitting a top speed of 187 mph.

Pricing

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

The 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet has been priced at $97,300 while the Carrera S Cabriolet hits north of six digits, retailing for $108,000.

Competition

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

By sheer numbers alone, the Audi R8 Spyder has the upper hand on the new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S Cabriolet models. But numbers tell only one part of the story, because if that were the case, the former will just wipe its behind with the latter.

But the Porsche 911 Carrera is considered as one of the most iconic models in the history of the industry, so much so that even if it lacks the legs of the 430-horsepower R8 Spyder, it can still boast of the tried-and-proven legacy of the 911.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet
LOVE IT
  • Lighter than previous versions
  • Sexy exterior makes the 911 heritage proud
  • Downsized engine yet still faster than past models
LEAVE IT
  • It’s going to cost you some moolah
  • Competition is tough


27 comments:

This is the best version of the 911 ever. Porsche finally nailed it with the styling, interior finished, longer wheelbase and the engines are very impressive. If I could afford one, I would get it immediately.

This car looks very luxurious and stunning with its amazing exterior design. I love the soft-top and retractable roof of 2013 Porsche 911 Cabriolet. I love everything about this car.

Wow! Porsche is really amazing. They never fail to disappoint us with their cars. This 911 Cabriolet is impressive on that platform specially on its bloody red body paint. But this is really expensive for $108,000. smiley

It has a classy style and impressive platform. Its technologies that it had is quite really good and great. Porsche 911 Cabriolet has everything-the design, the speed performance and the name. It is really lovely in its red color.

This Cabriolet really rocks and very tough when it comes to competition. Having the speed of 177 mph is great for a ride with open top. Perfectly freat for racing.

I really admire the circle headlight of this Porsche! It looks so cute on that! Moreover, I love the luscious appearance of it and even the fact that it has an awesome and efficient engine. I really want to have this one.

What a car! I love to own this one. Perfect for the ladies, specially when painted in pink or gold. Personally, if i were a billionaire, I would want to own this Porsche and I will drive it up to the mountains of Wyoming. smiley

This has something to do with competition, but i can sense that they can catch up, better yet stand out. Porsche has created a powerful fast car in this together with its sexy body design. It sure cost a fortune, but it really worth it.

I agree with you guys! This Cabriolet really rocks! It is stunning in red color and the engine is somewhat enough for it. The 177 mph speed is good for a ride with open top.

Wow! This Chevrolet is really a piece of cake. And I can’t imagine that it’ll cost that affordable. With an engine specification like that, everyone would gladly like to own one.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet has everything. The design, the speed performance and the name. How much will this car cost? I am really into convertible cars, and this one caught my attention.

Well, this is really what I’ve expected with a Porsche vehicle, and this one is truly beyond so awesome! I just only hope that it will not cost too pricey.

If I’m going to have my own Porsche 911 cabriolet, it will surely be on a white body paint! smiley Well, it looks more decent and glamorous on that. However, I’m sure that this cabriolet is undoubtedly too expensive!

I love the soft top retractable roof of this Cabriolet. Well, compared to Audi RS5 Cabriolet, I can say that this Porsche vehicle looks more awesome and convenient to use. However, I bet that it would become too pricey on its market.

It really looks very luscious on its body paint, and even though it still looks like their other vehicle. However, I must say that I’m not so satisfied with its 305 horsepower, I think they should boost it more.

I really admire the circle headlight of this Porsche! It looks so cute on that! smiley Moreover, I love the luscious appearance of it and even the fact that it has an awesome and efficient engine.

Well, expect it to be too expensive on its market production guys! smiley Anyway, I think it doesn’t really matter at all if is so pricey because it is truly worth spending for.

This Cabriolet is really so satisfying on its exterior appearance and mostly on its interior feature, which I never thought that it could have for the fact that it is a sports vehicle.

Cabriolet is one of the best vehicles ever, especially when it is a Porshce car! smiley Anyway, I have to agree that it is really a perfect choice for all Cabriolet out there, for it also had a nice speed performance.

Porsche Cabriolet is really so noticeable with its exquisite exterior appearance! I’m sure that this will be a tough competition for the fact that the Audi R8 is also an impressive vehicle either!

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