Porsche reveals 911 Carrera Cabriolet

* New drop-top 911 revealed * On sale March 2012 * Prices from 79,947...

Porsche reveals 911 Carrera Cabriolet

This is the new Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet, due on sale next March.

Just like the new 911 Coupe, the Cabriolet has a longer wheelbase, revised powerplants that are more powerful and more fuel-efficient, and lighter bodywork than the car it replaces.

The fabric roof is fully electric and is lighter than the hood in the previous model, thanks to the use of magnesium in the roof's frame.

The engine line up comprises a 3.4-litre flat-six engine producing 345bhp (Carrera) and a 3.8-litre motor producing 394bhp (Carrera S). Both models have a new seven-speed manual gearbox, while a seven-speed PDK semi-automatic gearbox is optional.

More details about 911 Cabriolet are expected to be revealed when the car makes its public debut at the Detroit motor show in January, however prices have been announced.

The 911 Carrera Cabriolet will cost 79,947 almost 5000 more than the current model while the 89,740 Carrera S is nearly 6000 more than the equivalent model on sale at the moment.