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New 2019 Porsche 911 Cabriolet revealed

By Tom Fraser, 09 Jan 2019 News

New 2019 Porsche 911 Cabriolet revealed

Six weeks after unveiling its hard-top sibling, Porsche reveals its hair-ruining 911 992 Cabriolet to the world

PORSCHE has taken the wraps off its open-top 992-generation 911, with the manufacturer revealing the new Cabriolet six weeks after its hard-top counterpart debuted at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto show.

Echoing many of the styling cues found on the new Coupe, like the full-width rear tail light bar, wider body and LED headlights, the Cabriolet adds a fully-automatic retractable soft-top which will open in 12 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h. An electrically extendable wind deflector also pops up to aid cabin ambience with the roof down.

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Like the Coupe, the only variants that are mentioned so far are the rear-wheel drive Carrera S and all-wheel drive Carrera 4S, with others to follow later this year. Both employ a turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine that produces 331kW at 6500rpm and 530Nm of torque between 2300-5000rpm.

Owing to the addition of the folding roof mechanism, the Cabriolet is 0.2 seconds slower to hit 100km/h than the equivalent Coupe, with the run taking a still-brisk 3.9 seconds. A new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is on offer for the 992-generation 911, and although there is no mention yet of a manual offering, we can expect to see a 7-speed self-shifter at some point.

Another new debut for the 911 Cabriolet is Porsche’s optional Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) which was previously only on offer for hard-tops. A drop in ride height of ten millimetres combines with shorter and stiffer springs, more rigid front and rear anti-roll bars and an adjustable damping system to give the chassis a sportier tune.

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Complementing the full-width rear light bar is an equally-wide active rear spoiler which gives the Cabriolet’s humpback more purpose. Another design element which has been reintroduced is the indented bonnet lines which hark back to the original 911’s.

Stepping inside you’ll find a stand-out 10.9-inch centre display which integrates with a newly-designed centre console.

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Porsche’s previous PDK gear shifter has been shelved in favour of a stout toggle which is flanked by touch-sensitive glass panels for different driving settings. The tachometer remains central in the instrument cluster, with digital displays showing driving information on either side.

The 911 Cabriolet will arrive in Australia later this year following deliveries of its Coupe-counterpart.