Last week, the all-new Porsche Panamera GTS made its debut at the 2011 LA Auto Show and it appears that the German manufacturer is starting to refresh its lineup as today the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera/ Carrera S Cabriolet were unveiled. As expected, the 911 Carrera Cabrio is powered by a 3.4-litre flat engine generating 350 hp (257 kW), which delivers the power to the rear wheels using a seven-gear manual transmission.
The 911 Carrera S is powered by a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine developing 400 hp (294 kW), mated to a seven-gear manual transmission featured as standard. According to Porsche, both engine need less than ten litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (NEDC).
As an option, both cars can be fitted with the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) as an option. The new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet will be launched in Germany on March 3, 2012 and will carry a price tag of 100,532 Euros, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet will be priced from 114,931 Euros including value-added tax in both cases.
Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s unique panel bow top is sure to get anyone’s attention. This Coupé-like roof curvature of the car’s closed fabric top – along with its aerodynamic advantages – has been achieved and made possible through a new and innovative technology.
Despite the top’s cutting edge design and increased length and enhanced comfort, its entire weight actually remains at par with the 911 Carrera Cabriolet’s predecessor model. And just like its predecessor, the new car’s top can be opened or closed in 13 seconds (up to a speed of 50 km/h) with a simple button located on the center console, or by means of a remote control if you are coming from the outside.
The new 911’s top and folding roof, just like that of the previous 911 models, is an entirely standalone development that is also set with the highest standards from Porsche. You can see the top’s first distinctive feature at a glance: a fabric roof that is set in an elegant arc starting from the car’s front window frame running up to the convertible top compartment, styled just like that of the Coupé.
Roof bows are not noticeable under the fabric and there are no sections that interrupt roof’s flowing design. And thanks to this new technique, even the car’s heatable rear window is virtually flush-fitting and is integrated with the cover using very discreet and almost invisible seams.
The shape of this new panel bow fabric top was previously unattainable. However, with innovative design, Porsche achieved this lightweight magnesium panel bow top. The entire fabric top, except for the side panels, is tensioned over a sturdy and rigid roof surface that comprises of four segments adjacent to each other. These four segments are the two panel bows, the front roof frame, and the rear window, all made of magnesium.
A large part of the frame guides are also made of magnesium, which is a very light material, while only the lateral guides, the rear tension bow, and the drive levels are made of aluminium.
All frame components are kinematically linked so only one hydraulic cylinder on each side is needed to move the top. To close the top, Porsche merely had to refine its tried-and-tested electric central lock mechanism that is supported by lateral centering pins.