Porsche 911 Cabriolet full 9 point review
Performance in the 394bhp Carrera S is stunning, with 0-62mph reached in only 4.7sec. Not that the base Carrera with 345bhp is a slouch – the sprint time is only 0.3sec off the S’s, so many will find the lower-powered car fast enough. The optional seven-speed PDK gearbox flatters drivers and is a natural choice for the city-dwelling soft-top owner.
Ride & Handling
The 911 Cabriolet is an immensely capable sports car. There’s huge amount of cornering grip and sharp, precise steering, which makes it easy to explore the car’s talents. Okay, the 911 isn’t quite as poised or agile as an Audi R8 Spyder, but is far easier to drive and more comfortable as a result.
The roof is designed with individual panels that butt up to each other beneath the fabric, instead of traditional braces. This brings wind noise down to almost coupe levels. The windbreak is effective at keeping out draughts with the roof open, and you get full benefit of the engine’s howl. Only road noise lets the side down.
Buying & Owning
Porsche controls its supply of cars better than most so there’s little chance of a discount when you’re buying. On the positive side, this keeps resale values sky high. Obviously, the 911 isn’t frugal on fuel, but it’s not as thirsty as many other supercars. Porsche’s servicing costs are modest compared to many rivals’, too.
Quality & Reliability
The 911 is built from high-quality materials and to exacting standards inside and out. It looks and feels absolutely stunning throughout. This latest version was too new to appear the last Reliability Survey, but Porsche as a brand finished a disappointing 20th out of 27 manufacturers.
Safety & Security
Both the active and passive safety systems on the Cabriolet are first class. Porsche’s electronic driver aids are very sophisticated and effective. Depending upon options selected, levels of intervention can be adjusted to driver preference. Porsche’s tracker system is standard on all models.
Behind The Wheel
There’s a good range of seat and steering wheel adjustment, while the seats are comfortable and generally supportive. The dashboard layout is good, too, although there are few too many similar-looking buttons on the centre console. The view out of the back is far better than in most drop-top supercars.
Space & Practicality
The Porsche 911 is one of the most practical high performance drop-tops. The front boot holds much more than you’d imagine at first glance, and although the rear seats are only really big enough for small kids, you can also use them to lug around extra bags of shopping or overnight bags.
As usual with the 911, there are a host of options that you can add to the car that crank the purchase price up to scary levels. The car comes reasonably well equipped as standard, but it’s disappointing that Porsche charges extra for Bluetooth on all versions. You’ll all have to stump up for extras such as heated seats, metallic paint and a multi-function steering wheel.