Detroit 2012: New Porsche 911 Cabriolet Basks In Artificial Sun

It may be unseasonably warm here in Detroit, but the skies outside are still a bit overcast. No matter -- thanks to a barrage of warm lamps, a couple of industrial-sized fans, and freshly cut flowers, Porsche tried to recreate ideal SoCal convertible whether during the launch of the 2012 911 Cabriolet.

Unsurprisingly, the 2012 911 Cabriolet is essentially identical to its coupe sibling, save for the addition of a folding fabric top. Designers did an commendable job of preserving the 911's iconic roofline when the top is up, and gaps between windows and header are minuscule at the very least. Execs demonstrated how quickly the car's top can be folded and deployed, and also showcased another neat feature: a power-retractable wind diffuser, which pops up in about two seconds and reportedly doesn't encroach upon interior space.

Pricing for the 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts at $98,250, including a $950 destination charge. Carrera S Cabriolet pricing begins at $108,950. Both prices are about $15,200 and $11,600 more than equivalent 911 coupes, but that shouldn't hinder sales: in fact, Porsche anticipates moving about 25,000 Cabriolets by the end of 2012.

For more on the 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Detroit Show homepage.

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