First Look: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S Convertibles

2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet S

Following up on the coupe models already announced, Porsche has released photos and information on the 2012 911 Carrera and Carrera S cabriolet models. The new convertibles are, like their coupe versions, based on the new 991-generation platform.

The convertible models are overall very similar to the coupes, with the same new fascias and lighting designs. The convertible top is again a power-retractable fabric type, which gives the cabrio the same silhouette as coupe models when it is raised.

The droptop Porsches are mechanically identical to the coupe versions, meaning the 911 Carrera has a direct-injected 3.4-liter boxer-six engine producing 350 hp, while the 911 Carrera S has a 3.8-liter boxer-six with 400 hp. A seven-speed manual transmission is standard, with Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch unit optional.

Porsche says the Carrera cabriolet dispatches with the 0-to-60-mph run in 4.4 seconds and manages a top speed of 177 mph. The Carrera S is factory-rated at 4.1 seconds to 60 mph and a 187-mph top speed. Those acceleration times are on par with the 911 coupes, although the coupes can muster maximum velocities 2 mph higher.

As is the case with other seventh-generation 911, the convertibles benefit from tweaks like a wider front track and longer wheelbase. The new car is made from a mix of steel, aluminum, and magnesium, helping keep weight in check. There's no word yet on how much the convertibles weigh, but we expect them to be a few pounds lighter than the outgoing 911 convertibles.

The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet starts at $98,250 (including a $950 destination charge), and the Carrera S cabriolet starts at $108,950. Those prices represent an increase of $15,200 and $11,600 over equivalent 911 coupes, respectively. The convertibles go on sale in spring 2012

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