For those who prefer their sports cars served with a healthy dose of fresh air, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet has long been one of the best options out there. Porsche’s rear-engined flagship has become almost legendary since 1964 but, rather than resting on its laurels, Porsche has been busy creating this, the eighth-generation – or ‘992’ to give the car its geektastic internal designation.
Not wanting to dilute a much-loved formula, this is a case of evolution, not revolution. The turbocharged flat-six engine is still slung out behind the rear axle, driving the rear wheels or all four of them. There’s a couple of small back seats and, mercifully, a focus on driver enjoyment. Don’t for a second, though, worry that Porsche has been slacking; the 911’s appearance might seem never to change, but things are now far more technologically advanced beneath its curvaceous surface.
For the moment, there’s only Carrera S and four-wheel drive Carrera 4S models to choose from, but, in the fullness of time, you can expect entry-level non-S models, bonkers-fast Turbos and a GTS to bridge the gap between them. As for the 911’s rivals, today’s list seems longer than ever. They range from drop-top versions of the BMW 8 Series and Jaguar F-Type to far racier machines like the Audi R8 Spyder and Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster.
We’ll be focusing on the 911 Cabriolet over the next few pages, so stay with us to find out what it’s like to drive, what the interior’s like and how much it’ll cost. And, should you fancy any new car, have a look at our New Car Buying pages for massive savings on a huge selection of cars.