MOTORING NEWS - The new 911 Cabriolet is one of three new cars that Porsche launched at the 89th Geneva Motor Show.
The show opened on Wednesday 6 March and ends this Saturday, 16 March.
"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 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.
Four months ago, Porsche launched the new 911 Coupé in Los Angeles. The eighth generation of this timeless sports car is more powerful, digital and faster than ever before. Now it is the turn of the open-top variant of the 911 to take centre-stage.
911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet
The S model features a 450hp (331 kW) twin-turbo engine that delivers top speeds of over 300km/h, and acceleration of 0-100km/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 new 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. The weight of the soft top has been further optimised, and it now takes only twelve seconds to completely fold away. Thanks to a new hydraulic motor it closes back up with the same swiftness too, even when travelling at speeds up to 50km/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.
The new touring variant of the Boxster and the Cayman combines the 300hp (220kW) powerful four-cylinder turbo boxer engine with highly sophisticated components such as the Sport Chrono package and PASM sports suspension that includes a 20-millimetre-lowered body. The car also comes equipped with PADM adaptive body positioning and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical rear differential lock as standard - features available with the 2-litre boxer engine for the first time.
Porsche has upgraded the Macan in terms of design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics. The distinctive Porsche design DNA is visible in the compact SUV's three-dimensional LED light panel on the rear of the vehicle. Eye-catching new features in the interior include the 10,9-inch touchscreen of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the newly arranged and designed air vents and the optional GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911. The range of comfort equipment is extended with an ioniser to improve the air inside the car, and a heated front windscreen.
The Macan S is powered by a new V6 engine with 3-litre displacement and twin-scroll turbocharger in central turbo layout. The engine has a power output of 354hp (260kW) and torque of 480Nm. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive are a perfect match for the new engines.