The 992 goes full sky mode

Following the debut of the 2020 Porsche 911 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, Stuttgart is dropping the top with the new 2020 911 Cabriolet, and it’s bringing all the good stuff as the hardtop, plus a few unique features to help you better enjoy the extra headroom.

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The New 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Can Go Topless in Just 12 Seconds
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True to form, the 911 Cabriolet looks pretty similar to the new 992 hardtop, albeit with no roof.

This time around, Porsche says the 992 Cabriolet offers new hydraulics to more quickly open and close the roof. It’s a fully automatic soft top feature that can open and close at speeds up to 50 km/h (31 mph), and it includes an integrated glass rear window. There are also magnesium components in the top’s structure to help it from blowing away at speed. An electrically extendable wind deflector helps to protect the necks of passengers from the cold air.

Outside, the 911 Cabriolet offers a variable position rear spoiler. The body is all-aluminum, while the rollers measure in at 20-inches in front and 21 inches in the rear.

In terms of the oily bits, Porsche is offering the Carrera S model with RWD and the Carrera 4S with AWD. Both come equipped with a 3.0-liter six-cylinder powerplant, which doles out 443 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. Routing the muscle is a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The New 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Can Go Topless in Just 12 Seconds
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Properly motivated, the Carrera S model can reach 62 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Go for the optional Sport Chrono Package, and that figure drops to 3.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 306 km/h (190 mph).

To help it handle, the roofless wonder sports a new engine mounting position for a more rigid rear end. Porsche is also offering its Active Suspension Management system for the first time for the Cabriolet model heading into the 2020 model year. The chassis is lowered as well, while a standard wet mode will automatically adjust the 911’s various systems to compensate for the lower traction.

The New 2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Can Go Topless in Just 12 Seconds
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Inside, the cabin is more or less unchanged compared to the coupe, and comes with a 10.9-inch touchscreen in the dash.

Pricing starts at $126,100 for the Carrera S Cabriolet, and $133,400 for the 4S. You can order yours now, and models are slated to arrive at dealers this summer.

Further Reading

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Read our speculative review on the 2020 Porsche 911 Turbo

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The open-top 911 continues in a decades-long tradition, established when Porsche unveiled the prototype of the first 911 Cabriolet at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in September 1981. Customers and fans alike were instantly captivated. The first open-top 911 variant rolled off the production line in 1982, and it has been a constant feature in the model range ever since. The open-top version of the iconic sports car will be launched in 2019 to almost unprecedented fanfare. It includes all the innovative features of the Coupe, along with Cabriolet-specific advanced features such as new hydraulics which get the roof opened and closed more quickly than ever.

The new model echoes the modern lines of the Coupe, though it remains unmistakably a Porsche 911 in Cabriolet form. The fully-automatic soft top has an integrated glass rear window, while the soft top structure contains magnesium surface elements known as bows, which reliably prevent ballooning of the roof at high speeds. The soft top can be opened or closed at speeds up to 50 km/h. New roof hydraulics reduce opening time to around twelve seconds, while an electrically extendable wind deflector ensures that necks are shielded from wind impact.

911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 2019, Porsche AG

The 911 Cabriolet is initially available as a Carrera S with rear-wheel drive and Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive. Both rely on a 2,981 cm³ charged six-cylinder boxer engine with 331 kW (450 PS; 911 Carrera S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 9.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 208 g/km; 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption 9.0 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions 207 g/km) at 6,500 rpm and 530 Nm torque between 2,300 and 5,000 rpm. The drive efficiency has been increased and emissions reduced by way of an improved injection process; other optimisation measures have also been implemented, such as a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system. The power is delivered by a newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Carrera S accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds (with optional Sport Chrono Package: 3.7 seconds) and can reach speeds up to 306 km/h. The Carrera 4S attains a top speed of 304 km/h and achieves 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds (with optional Sport Chrono Package: 3.6 seconds).

911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, infographic, 2019, Porsche AG

The new engine mounting position makes the Cabriolet even more torsionally rigid than its predecessor. For the first time, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport chassis is available for the 911 Cabriolet. The springs used for this are harder and shorter, the front and rear anti-roll-bars are more rigid, and the chassis overall has been lowered by ten millimetres. These adjustments give the 911 a more neutral feel on the road, with better weight distribution.

An exterior design that draws on earlier generations of the 911

The new 911 Cabriolet looks wider, more self-assured and altogether more muscular than its predecessor. Wider wings arch over the large 20-inch wheels at the front and 21-inch wheels at the rear. The rear-wheel-drive models now match the bodywork width of the existing all-wheel models. The rear axle is 44 mm larger. The front end – generally 45 mm wider – revives a traditional feature from earlier 911 generations: a forward-extended bonnet with a distinctive recess in front of the windscreen. Both elements lengthen the front of the vehicle and give it a dynamic look.

The rear of all models is dominated by the significantly wider, variable-position spoiler and the continuous, seamless and elegant light bar. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is now made from aluminium.

911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, 2019, Porsche AG

Redesigned interior with clear lines

The interior is distinctive, with the clear, straight lines and recessed instruments defining the dashboard. As it does in the original 911, the new dashboard covers the entire width between two horizontal wing levels. Alongside the centrally positioned rev counter, two thin, frameless freeform displays deliver information to the driver. Now 10.9 inches in size, the centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) can be operated quickly and without causing distraction.

Sophisticated assistance systems enhance safety and comfort

In a world first, Porsche has developed Wet Mode, which is included as standard. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then set the car up to focus on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package). The camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collision with vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists, and initiates a warning or emergency braking procedure if necessary. A park assistant system including reversing camera completes the standard configuration of the Cabriolet. Options for the 911 include Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control, stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.

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