Six weeks after the coupe was revealed in LA, we now have full details on the Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet. It gets one of the quickest-opening roofs in the business – and the car’s not too shabby either… Keep reading for full details.
Porsche 991 (992) Cabriolet
450hp and fast-folding roof
Price and release date
From £103,000, on sale now
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2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet price and on sale date
The 2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet is on sale now with a starting price of £103,000 for the two-wheel-drive Carrera S, rising to £108,000 for the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4S. You can expect the mid-range Carrera S models to be joined by entry-level Carrera 2 and range-topping Turbos in the comings months.
2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet styling
Unless you’ve been locked in a cupboard for half a century, the 2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet will be immediately recognisable as a 911. It has been completely restyled though, and parked next to the old car its extra width – it’s up to 45mm wider – gives it more presence. Creases in the bonnet add visual drama and huge alloy wheels – 20-inch at the front, 21-inch at the rear – fill the wheel arches. The back, meanwhile, gets a larger rear spoiler that rises up at speed.
2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet roof
It goes without saying that the main thing that’s changed with the 2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet compared to the coupe is its folding fabric roof. It opens and closes in just 12 seconds – so it’s very quick – and it can be operated at speeds of up to 30mph. Its magnesium construction means it’ll hold solid at the kind of silly speeds the 911 is capable of hitting and the electrically deployed wind deflector should stop your expensive haircut from looking like you stuck your head in a wind tunnel at full tilt.
2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet performance
The 2019 Porsche 911 S (992) Cabriolet comes with a twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six that produces 450hp and 530Nm of torque that’s fed through an eight-speed PDK gearbox. In the Carrera 2S, that’s enough to get the car from 0-62mph in as little as 3.7 seconds – when fitted with the Sport Chrono Pack, an identical time to the coupe – and on to a top speed of 190mph. The extra traction of the Carrera 4S sees that time drop to 3.6 seconds, although it can ‘only’ manage a top speed of 188mph. What’s almost as impressive is that both models can top fuel economy of 30mpg.
Cornering performance has also been improved. A new mounting for the Porsche’s engine makes the car more rigid so it’s more precise in bends than ever and for the first time the Cabriolet is available with PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management), which means you can stiffen the car’s suspension for more control on twisty roads. The standard suspension setup, meanwhile, is stiffer and has been lowered by 10mm compared to the outgoing car.
2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet interior
The 2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet has an interior that blends old with new. Old comes in the form of Porsche’s traditional central rev counter that sits right in your eyeline, while ‘modern’ comes courtesy of two huge, 10.9-inch infotainment screens. Standard equipment has also been boosted with all models getting automatic emergency brakes and a handy reversing camera. Also new for the 992 is its Wet Mode. It can warn you when the road is getting slippery and, at the touch of a button, set the car up so that it won’t send you into a bush if you’re a little over ‘enthusiastic’ with the accelerator pedal.
We’ll be driving the 2019 Porsche 911 (992) Cabriolet in the coming months – sign up to the carwow newsletter to read the review.