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New Porsche 992 Cabriolet revealed

Less than six weeks after the launch of the 992 generation 911, Porsche has unveiled the open-topped version of its eighth generation sports car icon. As with its Coupe brothers, the Cabriolet has been released in Carrera S and Carrera 4S guise with PDK-only for now, the Carrera and Carrera 4 version with manual gearbox arriving later this year.

The Porsche 992 Cabriolet uses a similar kinetic system to the 991 before it, again operable at speeds of up to 30mph, though opening and closing time of the roof is now slightly quicker at 12 seconds. The roof system, which successfully maintains the form of the Coupe variant when covering the interior, again features an integrated (and heated) glass rear screen, now relying on lightweight yet sturdy magnesium bows to stop the roof from ballooning at high speeds.

This is necessary because the Porsche 992 Cabriolet has a top speed of 190mph in Carrera S form (188mph for the 4S), making it a very, very fast open-topped Porsche. It is the all-wheel-drive 992 which has the upper hand in the sprint stakes though, managing a 0-62mph time of just 3.6-seconds with optional Sport Chrono Package (the 2S’s time is 3.7-seconds).

The 2019 992 Cabriolet’s engine is exactly the same as that found in the 992 Coupes, its 3.0-litre ‘9A2 evo’ flat six producing 450hp and 530Nm torque. Both Cabriolets also withhold the widebody treatment rolled out for every 992-generation 911, its full-width light bar and staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheels also finding their way onto the Cabriolet which, for the first time, features an optional Sports PASM chassis, lowering the car by 10mm.

Prices for the rear-driven Carrera S Cabriolet start from £102,000 in the UK, its all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S stablemate available from £108,000. We prefer Coupe 911s here at Total 911, though with seamless lines, stunning performance and breathtaking aesthetical appeal, the 992 Cabriolet looks set to be the most convincing of its kind to date.

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Total 911 issue 152 on sale now

As we all know, there are many great models of 911 making up the fabric of the Neunelfer’s rich tapestry. However, some get more exposure than others, and when it comes to eras of 911 Turbo in particular, enthusiasts are quick to mention the recent good fortunes – in terms of values – of both the inexorable 993 and value-for-money 996. Meanwhile, the 997 Turbo, including both Gen1 and Gen2 cars, is largely forgotten about. Until now.

That’s because in the new issue 152 of Total 911, out now, we’ve taken a close-up look at why the 997 Turbo’s stock is set to rise, with ownership secrets and a Gen2 buyer’s guide to help you get into a good example of arguably the best-ever era of 911 Turbo. We also sample the modifying potential of the Gen1 997, pitting a 550hp car against Porsche’s current 991.2 Turbo S.

Elsewhere in issue 152, we’ve a double dose of Martini magic for you, first testing an incredible, road-legal version of the Le Mans Turbo RSR 2.1, before embarking on a road trip in a gorgeous SC complete with optional factory Martini decals as we sample the generation that saved the 911 from extinction.

We also delve behind the restricted gates at Weissach to bring you a definitive history of Porsche’s secretive research and development centre, plus there’s a mouth-watering twin test as the Turbo takes on the C4S in the battle of the 996 wide bodies.

To read all of this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 152 in stores today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Total 911 issue 146 now on sale

There’s only one Porsche anniversary we’ve been interested this year, and it’s not the 40 years of transaxle sports cars, even if much of the mainstream focus has been on this particular milestone.

Three decades ago the Sonderwunsch programme morphed into Porsche Exclusive and, ever since, this dedicated department at Zuffenhausen has catered to customers’ most extravagant whims, and created some pretty incredible bespoke 911s along the way.

To celebrate 30 years of Exclusive, Total 911 issue 146 – on sale now in stores and online – brings together the department’s first and last full builds in the shape of the 930 SE and the 997 Sport Classic, the latter taking centre stage on our latest cover.

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Getting behind the wheel of the 997 Sport Classic for the first time since its launch in 2010, we wanted to find out if there was more to Porsche Exclusive’s most revered 911 than just its limited edition status.

Elsewhere, in the new issue, two of the most popular air-cooled Porsche 911s of all time, the 964 Carrera and its 993 successor go head-to-head in a definitive battle to find the better driver’s car.

There’s also a full 911 Targa buying guide, taking you through the options from 1967 right through to the latest 991.2 as well as an awesome 996 road trip through some of Spain’s finest scenery.

To read all of this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 146 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download straight to your digital device now.

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Total 911 issue 145 on sale now

Over the last few years, our Rennsport head-to-heads have often focussed on the 911 RSs water-cooled renaissance, from the excellent 997.2 GT3 RS 3.8 and RS 4.0, to technological tour de force that is the latest 991 iteration.

However, for Total 911 issue 145 we have gone back to the legendary RS’s genesis with a battle between two Rennsport legends: the 2.7 Carrera RS Lightweight and it’s super rare successor: the 3.0 Carrera RS.

The 1973 Rennsport may be the poster boy for classic Porsche 911s but is its often forgetten 3.0-litre brother the ultimate air-cooled RS? Our incredible head-to-head hits the open road in the new issue to find out.

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Elsewhere in issue 145, we get behind the wheel of the rare Porsche 996 Millennium Edition, the chrome-wheeled Carrera 4 built by the Exclusive Department to herald in the turn of the 21st Century.

Lee also saddles up in the new Porsche 991.2 Turbo S for a road trip to find out if the latest version of the forced induction wonder, laden with ever more technology, can prove as thrilling as the Irish panoramas are stunning.

That’s not all though. Modified Neunelfer enthusiasts can read the story of custom MFI 2.7-litre build and our thoughts on the 9A2 flat six’s tuning potential, while we also get up close and personal with one of the most successful Porsche 993 GT2 Evos ever built.

To read all this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 145 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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Total 911 issue 144 now on sale

“Why £100,000?” That will undoubtedly be your first question when you see our six-figure superstars on the cover of Total 911 issue 144. The answer is two-fold.

It’s quite easy to spec a new 991.2 Carrera to £100,000 with a few options, so we wanted to investigate the similarly priced alternatives and a six-figure budget opens up one of the largest (and most diverse) selections of old and new Porsche 911s around.

From a pre-impact bumper 911E to a top of the range 991 Carrera GTS, £100,000 has the potential to satisfy pretty much every type of prospective Porsche buyer. We got behind the wheel of all our options to see which six-figure superstar offers the best bang for your buck.

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The Porsche 930 also takes a staring roll in issue 144 with the first and last iterations of Zuffenhausen’s classic 911 Turbo going head-to-head in a battle of the 3.0-litre versus a G50-equipped 930 3.3.

We get behind the wheel of a 911R homage too. Based originally on a 912, a flat six has been swapped in under the decklid and a full rebuild has turned the car into a celebration of Porsche’s record-breaking run at Monza in 1967.

If you prefer a more modern flavour of Neunelfer, Lee gets behind the wheel of the latest 991.2 Carrera 2S and 4S to see if the now faster four-wheel drive package can provide more thrills than its rear-wheel drive counterpart.

To read all of this and much, much more, pick up Total 911 issue 143 in store today. Alternatively, order your copy online for home delivery, or download it straight to your digital device now.

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