Strong performance, excellent handling, quality interior
Ride is too firm on 20-inch wheels, pricey servicing
Convertibles are usually a let-down when compared to their equivalent hardtop versions but the Porsche 911 Cabriolet breaks this stereotype. The latest version of the 911 Cabriolet is easily the best. Identical to the coupe, bar the obvious, the classic silhouette remains, as does the rear-engine layout and the flat-six boxer engine. The engines may have been downsized but there is more power on tap.
Those keen to do their bit for the environment will be pleased to know that CO2 emissions are lower than the previous generation and fuel economy has improved. The 911 has not lost any of its driving dynamics. It is better than ever. Porsche has made this latest generation longer (+56mm), added 100mm to the wheelbase, widened the front of the car by 61mm and lowered the stance by up to 4mm (3mm on the Carrera S).
The Porsche 911 Cabriolet is an important addition to the range and will make around one quarter of all 911 total sales. The use of aluminium in building the 911 means the bodyshell weight has been reduced by up to 60kg and not at the expense of torsional rigidity, which has been improved by 18%. Porsche has used magnesium in the make-up of the folding roof to help reduce weight and just like the coupe, the cabriolet drives brilliantly.
The weight loss has played its part in helping to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy but the Cabriolet is still a joy on track and on the road. Although it’s unmistakably a Porsche 911 all the body panels have been changed. It’s got new headlight and tail-light clusters that also include LED lighting and it’s arguably more streamlined than the previous version.
Buyers can choose between the standard Carrera and the more powerful ‘S’ model, which also offers more accessories and equipment. The 911 now sits on 19-inch alloy wheels but 20-inchers can be specified as an option. Mix the new dimensions, the lower stance, the seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox, more powerful engines together with the famous Porsche driving dynamics and you have one of the best soft-tops on the market.
Rivals include the Jaguar XK R Cabriolet, Audi’s R8 Spyder and the Mercedes-Benz SL but the Porsche outstrips them all. For the full Porsche 911 Cabriolet review read on…