By Theodore Opara
A HIGHLIGHT in its own right, the new 911 Cabriolet is one of three new sports cars Porsche intends to launch at the 89th Geneva Motor Show. “With each new generation of the 911, we face the challenge of enhancing our iconic car carefully and yet consistently to meet the needs of the future,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. Alongside the rear-engine 911 Cabriolet, Porsche also unveils the mid-engine 718 T, a 300 hp (220 kW) driving machine available in the Boxster and Cayman variants. The Macan S, with a new V6 turbocharged front engine, completes the debuting trio as a bestseller in the brand’s model range.
Four months ago, Porsche launched the new 911 Coupé in Los Angeles. The eighth generation of this timeless sports car is more powerful, more digital and faster than ever before. Now it is the turn of the open-top variant of the 911 to take centre-stage.
The S model features a 450 hp (331 kW) twin-turbo engine that delivers top speeds of over 300 km/h, and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds. Drivers can enjoy the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and with the Porsche Wet mode even safer handling on wet roads. The model’s design applies a modern twist on classic elements from classic 911 models.
The latest 911 Cabriolet is the latest in a long line of open-top Porsche models that includes the company’s very first vehicle. This body style first appeared in the 911 family more than 30 years ago, and it continues to symbolise a uniquely intense driving experience to this day. The weight of the soft top has been further optimised, and it now takes only twelve seconds to completely fold it away, thanks to a new hydraulic motor – it closes back up with the same swiftness too, even when travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h. Made predominantly from magnesium, the high-tech structure of the soft top, designed by Porsche, prevents the roof from ballooning even at high speeds.