What is it?
We won’t go on about this being the new turbocharged 911 Carrera S Cabriolet that replaces the old naturally aspirated blah, blah… That’s yesterday’s news, and you are well informed enough to know all the technical stuff already.
This is, however, the most powerful of the ‘regular’ 911s, and these days that makes it phenomenally quick. I'm not joking; fit this car with a PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, Sports Chrono Package - which gives you a 918-style rotary selector on the steering wheel – and select Sport + mode, and it’ll crack 0-62mph in 4.1sec. And in case you hadn’t noticed, this is the convertible model that some bloke down the pub will inevitably try and claim is for sissies. Yeah, right.
Our manual test car isn’t quite that quick - it’ll ‘only’ do 0-62mph in 4.5sec – but sticking with the seven-speed manual transmission instead of the PDK ’box is arguably worth a few tenths for the added interaction it gives.
In case you struggle to tell the second-generation 991 apart from the previous car, the biggest tell-tales are the vertical slats on the pop-up rear spoiler and the two centrally positioned exhausts. The other tweaks - to the bumpers, door handles and head and tail-lights - are a little harder to spot.
Inside it’s also very similar to before, except for the revised infotainment set-up. Now there’s a much sharper screen, better graphics and revised software, which includes Apple CarPlay to pair up your iPhone.