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2012 NAIAS: Porsche 991 Cabrio

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Porsche unveiled the Cabriolet version of the new 911 at the Detroit Motor Show, and announced its pricing details.

The 2013 991 Cab goes on sale in America later in the spring of 2012 sporting a price tag of $93,700 for the Carrera and $103,800 for the Carrera S. What you get in return is a drop-top version of the best Porsche 911 – and therefore the world’s best sports car – ever made. It is also the prettiest 911 to date, both inside and out.

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“The USA is and remains an important market for Porsche with good growth prospects,” said Bernhard Maier, Porsche AG Board of Management Member for Sales and Marketing. “Detroit was deliberately chosen for the world premiere of the new 911 Cabrio because the USA is far and away our largest 911 Cabrio market.” The Coupe variant of the sports car classic will be available in the USA starting in February 2012 with the Cabriolet following a few months later, providing a fresh impetus.

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The 991 Cabriolet features a soft top that opens and closes electronically in 13 seconds. The intelligent lightweight design makes use of magnesium for weight reduction, improved performance and lower fuel consumption. As with the new 911 coupe, Porsche has managed to make the new Cabriolet models up to 132 pounds lighter than their predecessors.

The Carrera Cabriolet, like its Coupe brother, is powered by a 3.4-liter flat six-cylinder engine generating 350 horsepower (hp) (257 kW) driving the rear wheels through a seven-gear manual transmission.

The sportier Carrera S meanwhile gets the bigger 3.8-liter flat six-cylinder engine developing 400 hp (294 kW) and also has a standard seven-gear manual transmission. Both cars can be had with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission as well.

Performance-wise, the new, 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet will sprint to 60 mph in as little as 4.4 seconds with the optional PDK, accelerating on to its top-track-speed of 176 mph. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet with PDK will perform the same deeds in as little as 4.1 seconds and reaches a top-track-speed of 185 mph.

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