10 December 2004

These are the first pictures of the latest-generation Porsche 911 in both Carrera and Carrera S cabriolet form – next summer’s most wanted soft-tops. The roofless Porsches will cost £65,260 and £72,230 respectively when they hit UK showrooms on 9 April – around £7k more than their coupé cousins.

Each weighs 85kg more than its tin-top equivalent because of structural reinforcement and the electric roof system. However, their maker insists that, despite identical power outputs (321bhp for the 3.6-litre Carrera and 350bhp for the 3.8-litre Carrera S), the car’s maximum speeds are the same as the coupé’s and their 0-62mph times slower by only two tenths of a second.

Revealed in Autocar’s scoop shots earlier this year (22 June, 13 July), the cabrio’s similarity to its predecessor has allowed Porsche to carry over its multi-layered canvas roof almost unchanged. Just as before, it can be operated remotely from the car’s key or at speeds up to 31mph, going from open to closed in 20sec. The hood retains the old car’s glass heated rear screen.

Standard specification includes a wind deflector, 19in alloys on the S (the Carrera gets 18in wheels) both Porsche’s Stability and Communication Management systems and an upgraded audio system with Porsche’s nine-speaker Sound Package Plus.

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