2012 DETROIT: First Look: 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera, Carrera S Convertibles

January 6, 2012
2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet S Side
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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.
2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet S Front End
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.
2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet S Front Three Quarters
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
2012 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Front Three Quarter 4

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