How Do You Get More Connected to the 992 Cabriolet? Drop the Top.
Lowering the lid of the all-new Porsche 911 Cabriolet lets in the sunshine and all of the wonderful sounds coming from behind you.
If you go to the Porsche U.S.A. website and take a look at the 911 lineup, you’ll see a menu with seven variations of the outgoing 991.2 body style, ranging from the base Carrera to the GTS models to the almighty GT2 RS. Late last year, Porsche revealed the all-new 992 version of the 911 coupe at the L.A. Auto Show. Given how many different types of 911 Porsche will ultimately make, that was just the beginning of the 992. The S and 4S Cabriolet models MotorWeek recently tested in Greece are the next phase of the eighth generation of Porsche’s iconic sports car.
With its fabric top up, the Cabriolet is a looker and almost as quiet as its coupe counterpart. But it was made to let in the sunlight. According to MotorWeek‘s Ben Davis, “The top is functional art. It drops in a smooth 12 seconds at speeds up to 31 miles per hour.”
Most importantly, going roofless allows you to hear more of the twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine. Davis says, “You hear the heavy draw of the intake, the wispy cappuccino-like machine sounds of the turbochargers. It’s definitely a way to get a lot closer to your 911.”
The cockpit leaves a couple of things to be desired. Although the digital information screens that flank the analog tachometer are configurable and “still resemble the classic layout … from older 911s,” the steering wheel rim makes them a bit hard to see at speed. Davis is also frustrated by the fact that he has to dig through a menu to shut off the automatic start/stop system. Cars with the Sport Chrono package make it a little easier to deactivate by giving you the option to set it as disabled in the Individual drive mode.
Despite those gripes, Davis thinks the new 911 Cabriolet S twins are worth every penny of what Porsche is asking for them. Prices for the S Cabrio start at $126,100; 4S Cabrios have a base price of $133,400.