The soft-top Porsche 911 Cabriolet shares its launch line-up with the new 911 coupé, which means the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S and four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S models will be offered.
Power for both cars comes from the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six engine, which produces 444bhp at 6500rpm and 391lb ft of torque from 2300-5000rpm.
When equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Carrera S can crack 0-62mph in 3.7sec and the Carrera 4S in 3.6sec. The Carrera S’s top speed is 190mph, while the four-wheel-drive car can reach a maximum of 189mph.
The 911 Cabriolet’s folding soft-top roof is of a new design and can be raised and lowered while the car is moving at speeds of up to 31mph in just 12.0sec, the fastest yet for a 911 Cabriolet.
The roof's design includes an integrated glass rear window and technology that prevents it from ballooning at higher speeds, and an electrically extendable wind deflector can be deployed when the roof is down.
Chassis-wise, Porsche claims that new engine mountings make the 911 Cabriolet stiffer than its predecessor. A first for the model is the option of Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system, which brings with it stiffer, shorter springs, a 10mm-lower ride height and stiffer anti-roll bars.
As with the new 911 coupé, the new 911 Cabriolet is of wide-body design only. Its basic exterior design is also shared with the coupé, save for the changes necessitated by the adoption of its retractable roof.
The interior design, new technology features and options are also shared between coupé and Cabriolet, including the new Wet driving mode that detects when the car is travelling on a wet surface and primes the chassis and its electronic systems accordingly.
Porsche has yet to confirm a UK launch date for the new 911 Cabriolet, but it has confirmed pricing: the Carrera S Cabriolet will cost from £102,755 and the Carrera 4S Cabriolet from £108,063.