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Porsche debuts new 911 Carbriolet

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Text: / Photos: | posted November 22, 2011 21:05

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Porsche has just released the next generation 911, the 991. Now, Porsche has just followed up their best selling sports car with the convertible version: the new 911 Cabriolet.

The 911 Cabriolet naturally shares its new, high tech aluminum-steel body with the Coupe, and the convertible extends this innovation to its all-new, unique roof. When raised, the design of the hood ensures the iconic 911 silhouette is retained in its entirety. Thanks to the lightweight design, including the use of magnesium in the hood frame, Porsche claims increased responsiveness, lower fuel consumption and greater comfort. As is the case with the Coupe model, the new 911 Cabriolet is significantly lighter overall than its predecessor.

Combined with lower weight, the new 911 Cabriolet models share the longer wheelbase, wider front track and the new electro-mechanical power steering of their Coupe siblings, ensuring the open-roofed models offer more sporting driving characteristics, greater precision and agility compared to the prior model. Likewise, front and rear overhangs are shorter, maintaining the compact footprint that has been a longstanding 911 attribute. In addition, there are further standard or optional active control systems available that further enhance the driving dynamics.

The new 911 Cabriolet models offer the same charismatic line-up of rear-mounted, flat-six engines as the Coupé equivalents of the benchmark sportscar. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet gets a 3.4-liter engine generating 350 hp driving the rear wheels through a seven-speed manual transmission. The Carrera S Cabriolet offers a 3.8-liter engine for 400 hp, also coupled to a seven-speed manual transmission as standard. All 911 Cabriolet variants are can also be had with the seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch transmission as an option, delivering even lower fuel consumption and shorter acceleration times.