Detroit, Michigan – The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera S Cabriolet had their world debuts in Detroit on Monday. The new, seventh-generation 911 Carrera and Carrera S Coupes have a new aluminum-steel body and the Cabriolets add an all-new, unique fabric top that retains the characteristic 911 coupe roof line. The intelligent lightweight design makes use of magnesium for weight reduction. As with the new 911 coupe, Porsche has managed to make the new Cabriolet models up to 60 kg lighter than their predecessors.
By completely redesigning the convertible top for the new 911 Carrera models, Porsche engineers created a flexible roof comprised of a heated glass rear window with three integrated top elements. Comprised of magnesium bows covered in fabric, they make the convertible top very stable and particularly light.
A water channel on the convertible top helps keep rainwater from dropping into the entry when opening the doors. Actuated by a button on the center console or by the vehicle key the top and opens or closes in approximately 13 seconds, at speeds over 50 km/h.
The two new Cabriolets feature the same engine as its Carrera Coupe counterpart. The rear of the 911 Carrera Cabrio houses a 3.4-litre flat six-cylinder engine generating 350 horsepower driving the rear wheels through a seven-gear manual transmission. The open-top Carrera S comes with a 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine developing 400 hp and also has a standard seven-gear manual transmission. The Cabriolets have the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) available as an option, helping to deliver even lower fuel consumption and shorter acceleration times.