Porsche has revealed the all-new 911 Cabriolet in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guises, ahead of its debut Down Under during the second quarter of 2019. The roof can also be raised at speeds up to 50 km/h, and has a built-in glass rear window.
The convertible top itself is a canvas unit that has been re-engineered from the ground up with new hydraulic operation for a smoother and quieter up-down action. Initially, the line-up will comprise the Carrera S Cabriolet and 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet. New hydraulics account for the extra turn of speed in opening and closing, and there's an electrically-deployed wind deflector to cut down cabin drafts. As with the coupe, the new 8-speed PDK transmission is the only option at the time being, but the same 7-speed manual should become available soon. In the 4S, those zero-to-100 numbers drop to 3.8 and 3.6, respectively.More news: Kermit the Frog helps kick off annual Doodle for Google contest
In an obvious show of confidence in the latest cabriolet's body stiffness, Porsche for the first time ever is offering a sport suspension on the S and 4S models. The eight-speed PDK automated manual, revised for 2020, is standard and helps bring the Carrera S from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds.
"The springs used for this are harder and shorter, the front and rear anti-roll-bars are more rigid, and the chassis overall has been lowered by ten millimetres". Night Vision Assist is also now available on a 911 cabrio for the first time, and the thermal-imaging camera is nearly certainly going to be a must-have for tech geeks like us. The rear-wheel-drive models now match the bodywork width of the existing all-wheel models. The rear axle has grown by 44mm, whilst the 45mm wider front end revives a traditional feature from earlier 911 generations: a forward-extended bonnet with a distinctive recess in front of the windscreen. The 992's new Wet Mode makes an appearance here, too; it's standard and uses sensors in the wheel wells to detect water and flash an alert in the gauge cluster that tells the driver to return home and wait for better weather.More news: R. Kelly under Investigation following Lifetime's Documentary
A Wet Mode is now standard on the auto, capable of spotting water on the road and then preconditioning the stability control and anti-lock brake systems as well as flagging a warning to the driver.
The camera-based warning and brake assist system, also fitted as standard, detects the risk of collision with vehicles, pedestrians, or cyclists, and initiates a warning or emergency braking procedure if necessary. A Park Assistant system, including reversing camera, completes the standard configuration of the convertible. Options include Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, as well as adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control, stop-and-go function and reversible occupant protection. The all-wheel-drive 4S shaves a tenth of a second off that time.More news: Irish author is youngest victor of Costa prize