What should I be paying?
Fitting Carreras with downsized turbocharged engines has made them savagely fast, but not noticeably more economical. Porsche claims 31mpg and 207g/km for the C4S, which is superb for a 190mph drop-top, and relatively achievable if you’re careful, though 28mpg is a more realistic average.
Like all 911s, the Cabrio feels built to last. You bag a three-year warranty regardless of mileage, reflecting the fact that you’re more likely to daily this than you are the more wearing AMG GT Roadster, perhaps.
As standard, you get plenty, at last. Adaptive dampers, internet-enabled nav, the semi-digital cockpit, LED lights front and rear (though you can select techier ‘matrix’ full beam versions if you like) and front/rear parking sensors. You can add many driver assists – the radar cruise control is worth having, the night vision less so. Four-wheel steering is very welcome for helming this big old boat in town. But the nose-lift? 911s are very good at looking after their chins, compared to other sports cars. Spend it on a heated steering wheel and get the top down more often. The Sport Chrono pack is very tempting too, with its centrepiece stopwatch and addictive driver mode switch dangling tantalisingly from the steering wheel.
Of course, you’d expect plenty of kit given that nowadays, the 911 Cabrio is a six-figure car. Perhaps a very basic manual Carrera non-S will dip under £100k, but for the S versions with PDK currently rolling down the production line, you’re looking at a minimum ask of £102,755. For the privilege of two extra driveshafts and a ‘4’ badge on that phat rump, it’s a £5,308 premium. And in case you’re wavering towards having a fixed metal roof, the equivalent coupes are £9,645 cheaper.