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.
What's it like?
The cabriolet is 85kg heavier, model for model, than the C4 coupé, which isn’t a bad penalty to pay, but the extra weight does have the effect of blunting performance just a little and making the open car feel a little softer riding.
The entry-level 341bhp 3.6-litre engine is a cracker – arguably sweeter and more tuneful than the 3.8 in the S – and when linked to Porsche’s slick six-speed manual gearbox the C4 cabrio doesn’t feel all that much slower than the more powerful 3.8. Which is to say that it’s actually very quick.
Specifying the optional double-clutch PDK gearbox in theory shaves a couple of tenths off the 0-60mph time, but on the road it’s the conventional manual gearbox that works better with the less powerful engine for a crisper, more energetic and more involving experience.
There’s no escaping the fact that the cabrio, being less rigid than the coupé, doesn’t cope with bumpy roads quite as well, sending little tremors through the steering column and the odd shudder through the structure, but this is still a very sporting car and a pleasure to drive.
The PTM all-wheel drive system gives the car incredible grip and stability, albeit at the expense of more understeer than the RWD models and more weight to the steering.
Lower the more durable fabric roof – a process that takes 20 seconds – and there’s more wind buffeting in the cabin than you might expect of an upmarket convertible – a wind deflector might be useful - but the upside is that you can hear the howling, growling flat six better than ever.
It’s a more visceral and less relaxing experience than you’d get in, say, a Jaguar XKR convertible, but none the worse for it.
Should I buy one?
It’s debatable whether you need the extra traction and stability afforded by all-wheel drive in the UK, and the coupé is the sharper and more rewarding car to drive, so a C4 cabrio certainly wouldn’t be our first choice if we were buying a 911.
But we can understand why people like (and buy) open-top 911s. Among convertibles – even ones with sporting pretentions – there’s nothing quite like it.