The popular Porsche 911 could today be considered an iconic car in the automotive industry, and recently the latest version of the 911, the 991, got an update with some new exterior and interior features, but primarily a new engine. The convertible version, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet, has of course received the same updates, and it boasts all the great features of a true sports car, together with the perks a convertible.
The Porsche 991 was introduced back in 2011 as the latest version in the successful line of 911s. And last year in 2015 an updated version was revealed, where for example different headlights were fitted, new front and rear bumpers, and new vertical louvers over the engine compartment, which all in all comes as an improvement of the 911’s aesthetics. Most notably however is the new engine. Previously only Porsche’s most high-performance models – e.g. the 911 Turbo and Turbo S – were turbocharged, but now all 911s are fitted with a smaller, turbocharged engine. And while Porsche purists might complain with the farewell of the naturally aspirated engine, the new engine is both more efficient and more powerful.
Depending on which model you opt for, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet comes with different engines. The Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and the Carrera 4 Cabriolet are both fitted with a 370hp 3 liter flat-six engine. With the manual transmission, the former rear-wheel drive version hops from 0-100 km/h in 4,8 seconds, whereas the time is reduced to 4,6 seconds with the automatic PDK (dual-clutch) transmission. The four-wheel drive version, the Carrera 4 Cabriolet, is slightly quicker and reduces the time with 0,1 seconds in both cases, according to Porsche’s spec sheets. If you opt for the quicker Carrera S Cabriolet or Carrera 4S Cabriolet, you get a 3 liter engine with an output of 420hp. The rear wheel drive Carrera S Cabriolet goes from 0-100 km/h in 4,5 seconds with a manual transmission, and 4,3 with the PDK transmission, whereas the four-wheel drive does it in 4,4 and 4,2 seconds respectively.
The “base-models” Porsche Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera 4 Cabriolet come standard with navigation, dual zone air conditioning, Porsche’s infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity and more. Apart from this, the S-models come with further standard features such as 20-inch wheels and front brakes with six-piston calipers. Safety features include air bags for front and side impact, along with side-impact beam bars and seatbelts pretensioners. All Carrera Cabriolet models also come standard with Park Assist which warns the driver of any objects behind the vehicle. All models now also come standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management, the systems which electronically controls the damping force on each wheel continuously.
While they may be best suited for smaller children, the Carrera Cabriolet does come with rear seats. And if they’re not occupied, they make for a great extra luggage compartment. Apart from that the main storage area is found below the hood of the car, not in the trunk, as the engine sits in the rear. Here you have access to a total of 145 liters of storage, which unfortunately drops another 20 liters if you go for the four-wheel drive version. Apart from its storage capabilities however, the 911 Cabriolet makes for a versatile convertible.
All in all the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is no exception to the renowned status of the 911 models. Known for their great road capabilities and ultimate joy you get behind the wheel, the 911s are truly an experience on their own. And at the same time, none of the Porsche 911’s great features have gone away in the convertible version. This is a car with serious power that can attack the road on command and still serve as your daily driver. No wonder Porche’s 911s are so popular.