It's hard to believe that the Porsche 911 has been with us in its varying forms for fifty years. While the world has changed, the iconic shape and rear-engine layout of the 911 has been the same. The new 911, introduced back in 2011, was considered a very radical redesign of the model due to its proportions and design cues. But it still is very much a 911 at its heart. Now Porsche has launched the second variation of the new 911, the Carrera Cabriolet.
The 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet is much like the 911 Carrera in its design. With the roof up, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet mimics the Carrera perfectly. Put the roof down and the Carrera Cabriolet stands out in its own special way. The soft-top roof takes about thirteen seconds to raise or lower and can be operated at speeds below 30 MPH. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet comes in two different models. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet has a 3.4L horizontally opposed six-cylinder producing 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet uses a 3.8L horizontally opposed six-cylinder that makes 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque. Both engines can be equipped with either a seven-speed manual or Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission. The run to 60 MPH takes about 4.8 seconds in the Carrera Cabriolet and 4.6 seconds in the Carrera S Cabriolet when equipped with the manual. Equipped with the PDK, both vehicles do the run to 60 MPH 0.2 seconds quicker. EPA rates the 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet when equipped with the manual at 19 City/27 Highway/22 Combined. Equipped with the PDK and 911 Carrera Cabriolet returns 20 City/28 Highway/23 Combined while the Carrera S Cabriolet returns 19 City/27 Highway/22 Combined.
How much for the 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet? The 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts at $96,200 for the seven-speed manual and $100,280 for the PDK. The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet begins at $110,800 for the seven-speed manual and $114,880 for the PDK. Competitors for the 2013 911 Carrera Cabriolet include the Audi R8 Spyder, BMW 6-Series Convertible, and Mercedes-Benz SL.