What is it?
This is the open-top version of the latest all-wheel-drive 911, and it’s also a chance to try the revised 997 in entry-level form with the 3.6-litre engine and a conventional manual gearbox rather than the new double-clutch PDK unit.
Don’t scoff at the thought, either. Choice of gearbox aside, this is just about the best-selling of all 911 variants, and Porsche has proved in the past that it can do open-top cars that don’t wobble and shake (much).
It may not be the 911 of choice for enthusiasts, but it’s still a 911, and that means it’s still a bit special.
Like the C4 coupé, very little has changed on the outside compared with the previous model – new LED lights, a reflective strip running across the rear – but quite a bit has been going on under the skin.
Although the impressively rigid structure remains unchanged, the C4 cabrio benefits from the same new electronically controlled all-wheel drive system as the C4 coupé, as well as the new direct injection flat six engines that are being rolled out across the 911 range.
It also gets a 44mm wider rear track than the rear-drive model. For the pleasure of open-top 911 motoring you’ll pay around £7k more than for the equivalent coupé, and all-wheel-drive security demands a premium of around £4300 over the equivalent two-wheel driver.