The new Porsche 911 cabriolet features an innovative fabric and composite plastic folding hood
9 January 2012

The new Porsche 911 cabriolet has been unveiled at the Detroit motor show. The car features an innovative fabric and composite plastic folding hood to provide the soft-top with a cleaner appearance, improved aerodynamic efficiency and more refinement.

The new open-top 911 will go on sale in the UK in March priced at £79,947 for the Carrera cabriolet and £89,740 for the Carrera S cabriolet.

The cabrio is about 60kg lighter than its predecessor, features the longer wheelbase of the latest hardtop 911 and is about 18 per cent stiffer than the car it replaces.

Eschewing the traditional multi-layered fabric structure of the 997 series 911 cabriolet, the new model adopts a specially developed lightweight hood that uses a fabric-skinned composite panel for the upper and rear part of the structure, providing it with a more uniform shape together with a tauter fit, that is claimed to make it more resistant to buffeting at high speeds.

The new hood, which is supported on a magnesium frame, also receives a glass rear window glued directly to the outer fabric skin. The cabrio’s development boss, Michael Schaetzle, says this process involves a newly patented process, developed by Porsche, and will also feature on the upcoming third-generation Boxster, due in 2012.

Read our first drive review of the latest hard-top Porsche 911

While the upper and rear parts of the hood receive composite panelling, the sides retain a similar multi-layered fabric design as used previously, which allows it to fold and stow behind the cabin underneath a larger tonneau cover than employed on the outgoing 997 cabrio. All up, the new structure takes just 11sec to raise or stow, and can be operated at speeds up to 37mph. Along with the new roof, Porsche has also provided the new cabrio with an automatic wind deflector. It rises in just two seconds, and takes up no extra space.

The soft-top will initially come with the same horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine choices as the 911 coupé. Buyers will be able to choose between a standard seven-speed manual or an optional seven-speed double-clutch gearbox.

Off the back of its most successful sales performance in history, with global sales up 11 per cent to 118,000 units, Porsche is targeting 25,000 sales of its latest 911 this year.

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22 November 2011

Looks better than the previous convertibles as when the hood is down the area the hood folds into seems lower. Yet the text says the cover is bigger?

22 November 2011

Looks a lot better around the back end than the previous generations blobular backside, courtesy of the styling line that runs across the boot above the lights.

I'll give the the roof also looks taught but the cynical part of me thinks that this is one hell of a complex structure and an expensive one if it ever needs to be replaced during the cars life.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

22 November 2011

Cunning. A folding hardtop without appearing like one.

How much weight does it add compared to previous topless 911's Autocar?

DKW

22 November 2011

Blimey they were quick getting those out - anyone know when the 4wd coupes are due?

22 November 2011

[quote DKW]Blimey they were quick getting those out - anyone know when the 4wd coupes are due?[/quote]

Either Thursday or Monday next week.

Then the Turbo will be out for Christmas, then at New Year we will have the wide body GTS and then for Valentines Day the Turbo wide body Speedster Roadster Convertible Targa Pickup.

:)

22 November 2011

Definitely a fan of the new rear light clusters, however still I can't quite see the attraction to a 911 Cabriolet!

22 November 2011

I agree that the rse end does look less blobular than previously, but the roof is going to attract all the attention.

22 November 2011

I've always pretty much hated the look of all 911 variants, but stone the crows I really like this. Hood up or down it looks, ahem, terrific. The front three quarter view is great, with a nice gentle swelling over the rear arch which then curves nicely into the rear boot/engine area. The laziest car stylists on earth appear to have woken up for 5 minutes at some point a year or two back.

22 November 2011

This looks a sensational car with a sensational Cabrio roof design, or am i being biased?

Peter Cavellini.

22 November 2011

Five pictures of the car with the new "innovative" folding roof , and only one picture shows the roof up......

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