The new 2019 Porsche 911 Cabriolet has been revealed six weeks after the Coupe stablemate was introduced.
With many of the same features as the Coupe counterpart, the Cabriolet is all about the roof, Porsche has deployed new hydraulics for the soft top which now features an integrated glass rear window, it can be opened and closed at speeds of up to 50km/h in as little as 12 seconds.
Initially, the 911 Cabriolet will be available in Carrera S and Carrera 4S form. Both grades will utilise a 3.0-litre turbocharged flat-six boxer engine which produces 331kW of power at 6500 rpm and 530Nm of torque between 2300 and 5000 rpm.
A newly developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission will send power to the rear in the Carrera S while the Carerra 4S gets all-wheel drive.
Carrera S models are reported to accelerate from a standstill to triple figures in 3.9 seconds or 3.7 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono Package on the way to a top speed of 306km/h. The Carrera 4S shaves a fraction off the time with 3.8 seconds needed, or 3.6 seconds with the Sport Chrono Package, with a slightly slower top speed of 304km/h.
Porsche claims the drive efficiency has been increased whilst emissions are reduced due to an improved injection process and a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system.
A new engine mounting position is credited with increasing the torsional rigidity of the new 911 Cabriolet with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sport chassis available for the first time as well.
The new 911 Cabriolet presents a wider aesthetic than the predecessor with wider wings over the large 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels. Rear-wheel drive models also equal the bodywork width of the all-wheel drive variants with the rear axle 44mm larger. At the rear, a wider, variable-position spoiler and light bar dominate the back end with a majority of the outer skin now made from aluminium.
Internally straight lines and recessed instruments define the dashboard which covers the entire width between two horizontal wing levels. Two 10.9-inch frameless LCD displays are included, one of which takes the place of the traditional instrument cluster.
Technological wizardry includes a world-first Wet Mode as standard which can detect water on the road and precondition the control systems as needed whilst warning the driver. There is also a camera-based warning and brake assist system as standard as well as a park assistant system.
Optional extras available for the 911 Cabriolet include night vision assist with thermal imaging camera and an adaptive cruise control system with automatic distance control, stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection.
The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet is priced from $286,500 (plus on-roads) while the Carrera 4S Cabriolet starts at $302,600 (plus on-roads). Both new models available to order now with deliveries expected from the second quarter of 2019.
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