Porsche drops the top on the just-revealed 911

Joanna Estrada
January 10, 2019

Porsche says the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet can go from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, or 3.7 seconds with the Sports Chrono package.

Six weeks after the debut of the brand-new Porsche 911, the brand has released a version that blows your hair all over the place: the Cabriolet. Continuing that tradition, Porsche unveiled its 2020 model 911 Cabriolet with a roof that the automaker says opens and closes more quickly than ever. Efficiency and emissions have been improved by a better injection process; other optimisation measures have also been implemented, such as a new layout for the turbochargers and charge air cooling system.

Raising and lowering the fabric roof is a super-quick event. There's a solid glass rear window, too. 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.

Porsche's styling follows in the tread-marks of the 2020 911 coupe.

Every cabriolet, regardless of the number of driven wheels, now wears the wider bodywork previously reserved for the sportier GTS and all-wheel-drive 4 trims, just like the coupes. Broader wheel housings cover 20-inch front wheels and 21-inch rear wheels.

Electric door handles retract flush when not in use, and there are standard LED headlamps with a new design. A variable position rear spoiler is now wider, and is echoed by the rump-spanning light bar. The entire body, except for the front and rear fascias, is made from aluminum. That's a mega 6 tenths of a second quicker than the cars they respectively replace.

Throw in the Sport Chrono Package, meanwhile, and you can trim another 0.2 seconds. Additionally, it has a top speed of 306 km/h (~190 mph). A first for the model is the option of Porsche's Active Suspension Management system, which brings with it stiffer, shorter springs, a 10mm-lower ride height and stiffer anti-roll bars. This function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver, who can then opt to set up the vehicle with a focus on safety, by simply pushing a button or using the mode switch on the steering wheel (Sport Chrono Package).

Porsche integrates a Wet mode for the stability control system this time around, and offers several safety systems, including forward-collision warnings with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, and, for the first time on a 911, a night vision camera system.

As for the design, we're not quite sure the new full-width taillight design works as well on the Cabriolet.

The infotainment system now features a larger, 10.9-inch touchscreen-up from 7.0 inches in the previous cabriolet-perched above a row of toggle switches. The optional 18-way seats are now more supportive.

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