Fresh off the reveal of coupe versions of the 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S and Carrera 4S, Porsche has announced cabriolet versions of both vehicles as the next variants of the eighth-generation 911 to debut this year.
Changes for the cabriolets mirror those found on the coupes, tweaked but not revolutionary styling updates, a much wider spoiler in the rear and a wider overall track. Same thing (thankfully) for the inside, where the 911 adds larger screens and a more logical button setup, while keeping those two vestigial rear seats.
The engine is the same, as well: a 443-horsepower, twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six-cylinder that makes 390 pounds-feet of torque. An eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will be standard, and Porsche says a manual transmission option will follow at a later date.
Porsche didn’t immediately share curb weight specifications for the cabriolets, so we don’t know exactly how many pounds the soft-top setup will add, but it’s enough to make the pair a hair slower than the coupes. With the optional Sport Chrono Package, the Carrera S cabriolet runs from zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, and the Carrera 4S cabriolet beats it by a hair at 3.4 seconds. Those times are 0.2 second slower than the corresponding Carrera S and 4S coupe versions of each car, which may bother some folks – though it won’t be noticeable in day-to-day driving.
There are two other numbers that are important for the convertible: The top can raise and lower in just 12 seconds, and it can do so at speeds of up to 31 mph, which makes those fun “Ocean’s Eleven”-style drive-offs more feasible.
Porsche has announced pricing for the pair of convertibles: $127,350 for the Carrera S cabriolet and $134,650 for the Carrera 4S cabrio (both prices include a $1,250 destination charge). That’s a $12,800 premium over the coupe versions of each. The pair of coupes will arrive at dealerships in the summer of 2019, while Porsche says the cabriolets will arrive in late summer 2019 — which leaves eager drivers a few months before winter hits.
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