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2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet Convertible

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What's New
With the debut of the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe at the Los Angeles Auto Show last November, it's no surprise that Porsche would quickly follow with the 911 Cabriolet -- that's "convertible" in snooty Euro-speak -- for 2012. Guests at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show will discover the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S convertible models will, in addition to the soft drop top, all the same characteristics of the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 coupe including lighter construction, larger size, and more powerful and fuel-efficient engines.

Who It's For
The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet convertibles continue to be aimed at sports car fans who like the coupe but want the option to feel the wind and sun when the mood hits them; it comes as no surprise that California is one of Porsche's largest markets. The 2012 Porsche 911 convertible is more spacious than the last generation model but continues to take all challengers like the Chevrolet Corvette convertible, Aston Martin Vantage convertible, and even the Audi R8 Spyder.

Key Features
Porsche made sure drivers of the 2012 911 Carrera and Carrera S Cabriolets would find the driving experience as close to their coupe counterparts as possible. The automaker, for example, replaced the steel in the new drop-top design with more lightweight, yet strong, materials so the retractable roof, when up, mimics the coupe's roofline as close as possible with minimum impact to the vehicle's weight. Otherwise, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera cabriolet convertible shares the coupe's features including:

  • Electric power steering.
  • Seven-speed manual transmission or available PDK automated manual transmission.
  • Available 3.4-liter and 3.8-liter boxer flat-6 engines.
  • Greater grip thanks to electronic features like Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control.

What We Think
Porsche tends to evolve its vehicles over time, a nip and tuck here, an extra dose of horsepower there, etc., to the delight of longtime fans and enthusiasts. However, BMW and Mercedes have been nipping at the automaker's marketshare with powerful, yet less expensive offerings. There's little chance though that the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera coupe or the cabriolet convertible will "come down" to that level though, especially in terms of quality or pricing. And Porsche fans wouldn't have it any other way.

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