Porsche executives have stated that the Detroit Auto Show was deliberately chosen to launch the convertible versions of the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models. The reason for choosing the North American International Auto Show to launch the new models is simple. North America is the location that Porsche sells the most cabriolet models so why not cater to your strengths? It does sound strange saying that as for the past couple of years Porsche has not even set up a booth at NAIAS stating that the show didn’t target their key demographics.
Since the 2012 cabriolets are based off of the 9th generation 911 hard tops, which were announced at the Frankfurt Motor Show back in September. They are also 2 inches longer then the outgoing models and the wheel base has been stretched 4 inches. The 3.6-liter flat six has been down sized to 3.4-liter however the horsepower has stayed the same with a minor bump up of 5 hp to an even 400. The S model will retain the same 3.6-liter flat six and will see its horsepower increased by 15.
All models will come equipped with a new 7-speed manual that has been derived from the current twin-clutch PDK model. All and all the new 911 has a larger footprint while reducing it’s over all weight and receiving a more powerful engine that should result in a 0-100 km/h time of 4 seconds flat.
The latest generation of 911 will go on sale on our turf next month, with the convertible following a few months later. So if you’re rich and you know it, you now know when to visit your local area Porsche dealer. We have included a video below of the a 2012 Porsche Carrera S being run through a range of tests at the Silverstone race track, instead of the convertible for one simple reason. Most auto show videos are tired and boring where as this track clip is fantastic to watch. So sit back buckle up and enjoy the ride.