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Porsche 911 (992) : et maintenant, le Cabriolet !

Stuttgart continue de lever le voile sur sa nouvelle génération de 911 (992), avec la variante Cabriolet et ses déclinaisons Carrera S et 4S.


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Porsche 911 Cabriolet : la Type 992 « cheveux au vent »

Comment rêver des beaux jours au volant d’une des plus belles sportives ? Porsche répond à cette question en dévoilant la version sans toit de la 911 Type 992. La Porsche 911 Cabriolet reprend ainsi le style du coupé mais avec une traditionnelle capote en toile. Il n’aura pas fallu attendre longtemps avant que la nouvelle […]


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Back in Black: 2016 Porsche 911 Black Edition and Boxster Black Edition Debut in Germany


It’s that time in the Porsche product cycle again for the company to bring out specially equipped and, dare we say, bargain-priced versions of its 911 and Boxster, called Black Editions. Just like the 911 Carrera Black Edition and the Boxster Black Edition models that Porsche trotted out for 2012, the 2016 Carrera and Boxster Black Editions add some extra niceties for a value-adjusted price. And as the names suggest, both cars come in any color scheme you want so long as it’s, yes, black on black. Or black on black on black in the case of the ragtops.

Available in coupe and convertible forms, with rear- or all-wheel drive, each powered by the base 350-hp 3.4-liter flat-6 engine, the 911 Carrera Black Edition adds dynamic LED headlamps, 20-inch Turbo wheels, and navigation. Front passengers sit on heated sport seats, and should they tire of the sound of the engine, they can activate a Bose surround-sound system. Park assist, a telephone module, auto-dimming mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, and a Sport Design steering wheel also come standard.

You may remember that Porsche equipped the 2012 Boxster Black Edition with the gutsier 3.4-liter engine from the Boxster S, rendering it rather close in performance and appearance to the 911 version—hello value!—but this time around, the 2016 Boxster Black Edition is powered by the base Boxster’s 265-hp 2.7-liter flat-6. Its list of extra goodies include dynamic LED headlamps, 20-inch Carrera Classic wheels, heated seats, dual-zone climate control, and an upgraded sound system.

Porsche hasn’t yet announced whether it’s planning to bring the latest Black Edition cars to the U.S., so we don’t know what the U.S. pricing would be, but the previous 911 Black Editions packed in about 10 grand worth of goodies for just $3500 and $2500 for coupe and cabriolet models, respectively, and the Boxster’s extras added a fair bit of feature-related value along with the extra go. We would certainly love to see them—yes, we’ve made calls to Porsche already—because we’re all about choice. Especially when it comes to sweet black sports cars from Stuttgart.


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Porsche 991 Carrera Cabriolet: the best everyday 911?

Think of the Porsche 911 and two unique selling points immediately spring to mind. First is the sportscar’s unrivalled (and ongoing) 52-year production life that’s the envy of the entire automotive industry, and the second is the marque’s sheer availability through a variety of different iterations and body styles. Particularly with the latter in mind, there really is a 911 out there for anybody who’s willing to part with the necessary funds.

I’d previously decided that a 991 Anniversary would be my perfect everyday new 911 purchase, where ‘everyday’ is defined as not being a track-focused GT or fuel-slurping Turbo. You can’t order a 991 Anniversary now, of course, and though the majority of my prerequisites for a new 911 remain the same (wide body, 3.8-litre ‘S’ powerplant, Big Red brakes) I have now decided that any 991 purchase would have to start with a change in body style to a Cabriolet.

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That statement may well grate with a few, but after a weekend at the wheel of this exquisitely-specced Guards red 991 C4S from Porsche Centre Bournemouth, I’m certain the Cabriolet takes my vote as the best everyday Porsche 911. Here’s four reasons why:

1. As we’ve discovered in Total 911 magazine, the roof on a 991 Cabriolet is has been heavily revised to ensure that, for the first time, the Porsche 911’s iconic Coupe silhouette has been upheld – a crucial development in boosting the Cabriolet’s appeal to purists. The timeless, uninterrupted silhouette is achieved thanks to the new, highly sophisticated roof system featuring four solid panels (one of which houses the heated rear screen) that electro-hydraulically lifts out at the push of the button – be it from inside the car or remotely via the key. As well as being aesthetically pleasing, the better build quality of the roof also means there’s a reduction in rolling tyre noise filtering through into the cabin when on the move with the roof up, so much so that the Cabriolet is now no worse than a Coupe in the real world.

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2. Let’s face it, there’s no better way to savour the aural delights of Zuffenhausen’s ubiquitous flat six being worked hard than when it’s sitting in the back of a 911 Cabriolet with the roof down. The soundtrack is gloriously loud and unfiltered, something a sound symposer in a 991 Coupe just can’t touch.

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3. The 991 Cabriolet is a better open-topped experience than the 991 Targa. After piloting examples of both on numerous road trips, I am unequivocal that the Cabriolet deals with airflow into the cabin much better than the over-engineered Targa. Thanks to the standard-specification wind deflector available in the Cabriolet, a sedate conversation can be had with your passenger even at motorway speeds with the roof down, whereas reasonably civilised conversation in the Targa is soon drowned out by buffeting wind past 40mph.

4. The roof of the Porsche 991 Cabriolet can be deployed while you’re on the move (up to 30mph), which proves immeasurably useful when residing in a country such as the UK, where the weather is temperamental at best. This is a luxury not extended to the Targa, as its entire rear panel extends over the rear lights when removing or replacing the canvas roof top.

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Sure, there are one or two gripes to be had with the Cabriolet, not least that when pushing on you’ll soon realise its chassis is slightly compromised in terms of performance over a Coupe, and those who regularly like to pedal quickly will undoubtedly prefer the litheness of the tin-topped 991. The Coupe also boasts much better rear vision for the driver than a Cabriolet with the roof up, but these are only small blotches on the 991 Carrera Cabriolet’s copy paper in what is an otherwise supremely capable 911 as both an ideal boulevard cruiser and an assertive sportscar. Porsche Bournemouth, I need that 991 C4S Cabriolet in my stable.

Do you agree? Comment below or tweet us @Total911 with your thoughts.




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2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Cabriolet Test: Entering the Full-Exotic Realm

2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S cabriolet
Our old mental image of the Porsche 911 as that expensive but attainable little sports car for people willing to stretch just a bit from a Corvette has been outdated for several years now. First off, the 911 is no longer little, being nearly an inch longer than the hardly-small C7 Corvette. And its attainability, if it ever existed, seems a distant memory. Although you can order a stripper Carrera for $85,295, thanks to Porsche’s thick catalog of available options, it seems ages since we’ve seen one for less than $100K. And here we have the top-dog 911, the Turbo S Cabriolet, with a stunning price of $210,620, a figure that moves the 911 beyond its traditional phylum in the near-exotic and fully into the realm of boutique bolide. READ MORE ››


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