NEVER MIND 0 to 100km/h times for the moment, 13 seconds with your finger on a button is all it takes for the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet to make its roof disappear.
You can perform the trick on the move, at speeds of up to 50km/h, or from kerbside using the key, which should provide quite the spectacle for passers-by.
The drop-top version of Porsche’s latest 991-generation 911 has made its local debut, and for now is available with two levels of go. Carrera models have the basic 3.4-litre flat six engine, with 350bhp at the driver’s disposal. The Carrera S version has the gruntier 3.8-litre, which has 400bhp worth of muscle to flex. Both cars have their rear wheels driven, although all-wheel drive Carrera 4 versions will join the range eventually.
Both come standard with a seven-speed manual, but nearly all customers here pay for the seven-speed dual-clutch auto, labelled ‘PDK’ by its maker. Thus equipped, the Carrera Cabriolet scrambles to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and can kiss 287km/h on the lips. The Carrera S model takes just 4.1 seconds to flash to 100km/h, and can accelerate all the way to a heady 302km/h.
The roof makes use of lightweight magnesium, and weight savings elsewhere have ensured that the new car is roughly 45kg lighter than its predecessor. Structural reinforcements to the body (for the sake of rigidity) mean it’s around 50kg heavier than the coupe model, but at 1,465kg and 1,485kg respectively, the Carrera and Carrera S Cabrios are hardly porky Porsches.
Porsche says the salient point with the folding roof is that when it’s overhead, it maintains the lines and side profile of the coupe model perfectly.
As with other cars from Stuttgart, you get a five year maintenance and warranty package. Want one? You’ll need $420,274 for the Carrera Cabriolet and $470,583 for the Carrera S Cabriolet. The Certificate Of Entitlement is extra, but show-stopping presence is pretty much a given.