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Just weeks after the reveal of the seventh-generation 911, Porsche has pulled the covers off the 911 Cabriolet.

The design is nearly identical to the fixed-roof version, with the main difference unsurprisingly being the electric soft-top hood, which can be opened and lowered at speeds up to 30mph – while improved hydraulics over the last 911 convertible means that it opens in as little as 12 seconds. An electric wind deflector is also fitted.

As with the coupe, the new 911 Cabriolet – codenamed the 992 – is available from launch in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guise, both using Porsche’s legendary 3.0-litre flat-six engine, which produces 444bhp in both cars. Power is delivered through a new eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission, with purists set to get a manual gearbox later in 2019.

It’s fractionally slower than the coupe, with the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S taking 3.9 seconds to accelerate to 60mph, and the all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S taking 3.8 seconds. Top speeds are 190mph and 188mph respectively. Adding the optional Sports Chrono package helps to shave 0.2 seconds off the sprint to 60mph.

The 911 Cabriolet receives a chunkier look than before, with wider wheelarches and 20-inch wheels at the front and 21s at the rear as standard. The rear of the car is dominated by a full-width light bar, as well as a new rear spoiler.

As for the interior, a new 10.9-inch screen dominates the centre console, with simpler-to-read dials and a fresh dashboard design.

Prices start from £102,755 for the Carrera S, and £108,063 for the Carrera 4S Cabriolet, which works out as just less than £10,000 more expensive than the Coupe.

Ted Welford

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January 9, 2019

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