Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet released in the USThe new 997 body Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet models (convertibles) are now available for sale in the US. There's the 355 hp 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, and the more tame 325 hp 911 Carrera Cabriolet.
The convertible top of the Cabriolets is operated with the press of a button. In 20 seconds the top can be opened or closed, even while moving at up to 31 mph. The rear side windows can also be lowered when the top is down.
As compared to the previous 996s, the new 997s get more power, less weight, a stiffer structure, wider track, and bigger wheels. Not to mention various exterior visual changes, in particular the rounder front lights which make it look more like the 993 Porsches that we all loved.
The Carrera Cabriolet comes with the 3.6L 6-cylinder boxer engine, while the Carrera S Cabriolet comes with the 3.8L 6-cylinder boxer engine. Both engines feature VarioCam, Porsche's variable valve timing and lift technology.
Compared to the Carrera coupes, the Cabriolets weigh 187 lbs more (3263 lbs for Carrera Cabriolet and 3319 for Carrera S Cabriolet) due to the convertible top and all the mechanisms to operate it, in addition to safety features necessary for convertibles. This results in a slight increase in 0-60 mph times, but no changes to their top speeds, thanks to the effective aerodynamics of the Cabriolets.
911 Carrera Cabriolet specs:
engine: 3.6L 6-cylinder boxer
power: 325 hp @ 6800 rpm
torque: 273 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
0-60 mph (manual): 5.0 seconds
0-60 mph (Tiptronic S): 5.4 seconds
top speed (manual): 177 mph
top speed( Tiptronic S): 174 mph
911 Carrera S Cabriolet specs:
engine: 3.8L 6-cylinder boxer
power: 355 hp @ 6600 rpm
torque: 295 lb-ft @ 4600 rpm
0-60 mph (manual): 4.7 seconds
0-60 mph (Tiptronic S): 5.1 seconds
top speed (manual): 182 mph
top speed( Tiptronic S): 177 mph
For more information check out Porsche's website or AutoWeek's article.
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