Porsche will launch two new rear-wheel drive convertible versions of the recently unveiled 7th-generation 911 Carrera (991 series) at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 9-22). These new models, the 911 Carrera Convertible and 911 Carrera S Convertible, will then be introduced to the European public at the next Geneva Motor Show in March and finally hit the showrooms in the spring of 2012.
These models have been developed on the brand new platform that generated the latest 991 Coupe - with longer wheel base and wider front track - and will be initially available with the same boxer 6-cylinder engine range of the hard top line: the Carrera will use a 345 hp 3.4-litres unit and the Carrera S will come with a 3.8-litre delivering 394 hp. Both version will come with either manual or PDK dual clutch 7-speed transmission. Porsche released performance figure too: the 911 Carrera does the 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 4.4 seconds with 177 mph (285 km/h) of top speed, while the 911 Carrera S cabriolet reaches 60 mph in as little as 4.1 seconds, with 187 mph (300 km/h) top speed. The german carmaker also claims an average fuel consumption of 10 l/100km for both models.
The first official pics released by Porsche confirm the neat design of the the new converible version of the 911, but they don’t show much about how the innovative fabric and composite plastic folding roof works. It is known that this device uses a magnesium frame and a glass rear window glued directly to the outer fabric skin, that it would need 11 seconds to complete both raising and stowing, but these pictures do not reveal how these two operations actually get carried out.
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