You could put some distance between this reveal of this 992-series Porsche 911 Cabriolet and that of the hardtop Carrera by saying that was done last year, but really only about six weeks separate these announcements. Unsurprisingly, this new open-top 911 is doesn’t carry any surprises other than its retractable soft top, so let’s focus on that.
The roof mechanism works even quicker than its predecessor, the 991, able to be opened and closed at speeds of up to 50km/h. When unfolded over the cabin, the soft top replicates the silhouette of the coupe and uses magnesium elements to provide a strong structure that prevents any deformation or ballooning at high speed.
Folding or opening the roof takes just 12 seconds now thanks to new hydraulics, but also automatically triggers the erecting or felling of the electrically operated wind deflector and integrated glass rear window. Because the 992 is the first modern 911 to use a uniform width body for both rear-drive and all-wheel drive models, they can only really be told apart by the badge on the rear bumper.
Aesthetically, this does give every new 911 an added muscularity on the road, echoed by the 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) wheel and tyre combination. The larger rear air intake and roof mechanism must be more robust as well with the rear profile seeming even more pronounced than ever.
Cut from the 992-generation of Porsche’s signature rear engine sports car, the Zuffenhausen automaker has matched the initial array to the volume-selling Carreras, specifically the Carrera S and all-wheel driven Carrera 4S, both relying on the same 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged flat-six with 331kW and 530Nm. The engine is also mated to a 8-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission that Porsche says is newly developed for the 992.
With the significantly higher torque figure and all-wheel drive, the Carrera 4S is both the most versatile all-weather 911 Cabrio of the duo as well as the most accelerative, leveraging its additional driven wheels to reach 100km/h in 3.6 seconds (with optional Sport Chrono Package equipped). However, the lighter and rear-drive Carrera S lets the 4S win by just a hair, dispatching the century sprint in 3.7 seconds.
Porsche is also introducing a new Wet Mode alongside the new 911 Cabriolet and will presumably find their way into all Porsches of this same new generation. When engaged, the car’s traction control system and sensor array will be sensitive to water on the driving surface and subsequently preconditions the car’s control systems to adapt to more quickly adapt to reduced grip levels and aquaplaning.