New Porsche 911 Cabriolet
New 911 Cabriolet Entering the Market in April 2005

Just a few months after the launch of the new 911 Carrera Coupe, Porsche is introducing the new 911 Cabriolet. In opting for the open-air 911, sports car enthusiasts again have the choice of either the 239 kW (325 bhp) 3.6-litre flat-six engine or the Carrera S model with its 3.8-litre power unit developing 261 kW (355 bhp). The new convertibles will feature a choice of 18” or 19” alloy wheels, PSM Porsche Stability Management and PCM Porsche Communication Management including Porsche Sound Package Plus (CD radio with nine loudspeakers) and a wind deflector.

The two Cabriolets in the 997 model series will be introduced in the UK on 9 April 2005.

The 911 Cabriolet naturally shares the acclaimed driving dynamics of the Coupe. Benefiting from outstanding lightweight concepts, the basic version weighs 1480 kg (3263 lb) (Carrera S: 1505 kg/3318 lb), thus ranking as one of the lightest cars in its market segment. Both Cabriolets weigh just 85 kilos more than their respective Coupe counterparts.

The soft roof opens and closes fully automatically at the touch of a button in just 20 seconds, collapsing in Z-configuration within the roof compartment, with the outer side of the roof facing to the top for optimum protection of the heated glass rear window. The roof can be opened and closed while driving at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph). New guide ducts above the doors reduce the amount of rainwater dripping down, directing water into a specially developed door seal duct in the windscreen A-pillar. In combination with the wind deflector featured as standard, both Cabriolets offer superior driving comfort with the roof lowered.

As a result of their excellent power-to-weight ratio and Porsche chassis design, these two open-air sports cars offer exemplary agility and dynamic handling. The Carrera S Cabriolet comes as standard with PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management, available as an option on the 3.6-litre Carrera, and offering an entirely new dimension in driving dynamics.

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Published : 06/11/04 Author : Melanie Carter

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