New Porsche 911 Cabriolet 2019 assessment


It’s been slightly over a month since we drove the model new, eighth-generation ‘992’ sequence Porsche 911 Coupe. Regardless, the derivatives are already arriving. First up is the Cabriolet – a model of the 911 that’s been a mainstay of the vary since 1982.

Firstly, the numbers: the 911 Cabriolet is 70kg heavier than the Coupe and the material roof takes 12 seconds to fold up or down at speeds of as much as 30mph. It prices £9,645 greater than its sibling, and for now there are simply two variations on supply – the rear-wheel drive Carrera S (£102,755) and the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S (£108,063) Cabriolet. 

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The 992 Coupe is already 50kg heavier than the earlier 991, regardless of its new aluminium-intensive physique. That achieve comes largely from a brand new PDK gearbox with an eighth ratio, a Gasoline Particulate Filter within the exhaust, and a bigger set of alloy wheels. However the Cab’s additional 70kg is due virtually fully to the additional strengthening and rollover safety that’s wanted for a convertible automobile. 

To say the brand new Cabriolet is only a Coupe with the roof lopped off is ignoring how a lot of an evolution the 992 sequence is from its predecessor. Sure, it shares its platform with the 991, however the shell is totally new and is available in only one wide-hipped kind – with a 45mm wider entrance monitor. And for the primary time on a typical, non-RS 911 the entrance and rear wheels are totally different sizes: 20 and 21 inches respectively. 

The physique can be noticeably bigger, too, with a squarer front-end and squatter rear; the Cab exaggerating the 911’s additional gown measurement. With the roof tucked away beneath its cowl, the Cabriolet’s backside borders on buxom, and when you might say the LED rear mild strip and plasticky pop-out door handles are cheesy, the 992 remains to be clearly a 911 from all angles, regardless of its bigger, wider kind.  

The engine is usually 911, too. It’s a three.Zero-litre twin-turbo flat-six, and whereas some might level out that its primary dimensions are the identical because the previous 991.2, it’s had an intensive going over. There are bigger turbos with solid consumption manifolds, new piezo gasoline injectors and totally different air intakes. All of this permits the 992 (in Carrera S kind) to push out 444bhp and 550Nm of torque – 30bhp greater than the 991 Carrera S and the identical quantity of energy the earlier 911 GTS might muster.

The inside is equally evolutionary, too. The flat, upright sprint of earlier 911s has been changed by one which’s extra trendy in its feel and look. Horizontal surfaces exchange vertical ones, and within the center sits the Panamera’s wonderful touchscreen, with a row of delicate buttons beneath it and a dainty gearlever that appears like a shaving razor. 

The steering wheel is new, too, sitting in entrance of a stunning conventional analogue rev counter and between two angled TFT screens. All of it feels acquainted, although, due to a wonderful driving place and excellent construct high quality. The rear seats are solely appropriate for very occasional use, however even with the hood up, headroom isn’t as cramped as you’d anticipate.

Flick the Panamera-style starter button and the rear-mounted flat-six barks into life prefer it at all times has. We tried each the two-wheel drive Carrera S and the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S and other than the S having barely lighter steering, the 2 vehicles drive virtually identically in regular circumstances. All 911s include adaptive dampers, however our check vehicles got here with chassis upgrades together with PDCC, PASM (a 10mm drop in experience peak), lively engine mounts and rear-axle steering. Outfitted as such, we discovered the 911 to experience surprisingly effectively on tough roads. 

Choose up the tempo and it’s solely while you’re on the restrict do the variations between the S and 4S grow to be clear. The latter shuffles energy round to ship the very best traction, whereas the S is a bit more recreation to kick its tail out. However, even when it does, it’s not threatening like 911s of previous. Roof down and also you’d anticipate the physique to flex and wobble however there’s solely the minutest of shudders; pop the roof up and it’s impressively hushed.   

Swap the gearbox to handbook mode and the brand new eight-speed transmission fires up and down the ratios impressively. The brake pedal is about an inch too excessive however it’s feelsome and the usual metal brakes ship nice stopping energy. Nevertheless it’s the steering that’s the actual triumph; it’s deliciously correct, weights up completely and gives good really feel.

The engine must be labored arduous to take advantage of it – however it’s rewarding to take action. You’re left in little doubt of its turbocharged nature, with fairly a sudden enhance within the mid-range and wooshes because the needle climbs across the rev counter. Raise-off the throttle and the wooshes are changed with chirps, however get previous 6,000rpm and the engine takes on a harder-edged character. 

Porsche claims three.6 seconds to 60mph – three.4s with the £1,646 Sport Chrono bundle fitted – which is ludicrously quick for the standard, four-wheel drive 911. Even sooner GTS and Turbo Cabriolets will arrive later.

However what in regards to the noise? Nicely, the sound is slightly flat low down, however increased up the rev vary the distinctive engine word is there. It’s a good suggestion to fork out the £1,844 required for the sports activities exhaust system, too, as this solely improves issues.