About two months after unveiling the brand new 992 911 to the world in stunning fashion, Porsche recently unveiled the Carrera S and 4S’ cabriolet counterparts, finally expanding the 992 range. Like the Carrera S and 4S coupes, the new cabriolets come powered by Porsche’s brand new 3.0 liter twin turbocharged flat six engine making 443 horsepower and 390 lb/ft of torque. Also, like their coupe counterparts, both the S and 4S cabriolets’ engines are mated to Porsche’s brand new 8 speed PDK gearbox with the mysterious hole in the middle, suggesting the introduction of a hybrid powertrain in the future. (Read more about the 992 coupes HERE-their interiors and features are the same as the cabriolets)
The problem with cabriolets is that they tend to add a bit of weight and are slightly less rigid than their coupe counterparts. Although these effects have been minimized, not even the mighty 992 is exempt from these flaws. The cabriolets weigh about 155 lb more than the coupes. As a result they are about 0.2 seconds slower to 60 mph and their top speeds are an entire mph slower. However rigidity seems to not be a problem anymore since the Porsche is offering the new cabriolets with PASM sports suspension for the first time. They didn’t in previous generations due to them being less rigid. The new convertible top also raises and lowers in 12 seconds which is a HUGE improvement from the 991 which took 30 seconds.
The main downside however, is the pricing. The Carrera S cabriolet starts at $126,100 and the Carrera 4S cabriolet starts at $133,400; this is without options. With options, you can up the price to over $200,000! For $200,000 you can buy almost any 911, including GT3s and even GT2s. As good as it is, is the new 992 cabriolet worth this much? I’ll let you be the judge of that.
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