Porsche 911 Cabrio debuts at the North American International Auto Show

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Initially revealed over the Internet last November, Porsche's new 2012 911 Cabrio has made its public debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, which opened to the press on February 9. The public introduction of the Cabrio comes roughly four months after the introduction of the Coupe, which debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The 3.4-litre flat-6 boxer engine in the seventh-generation 911 Carrera generates 350 horsepower, while the 911 Carrera S delivers 400 horsepower from its larger 3.8-litre 6-cylinder boxer engine. Both versions of the Cabrio are more fuel efficient than their predecessors  as both consume less than 10 L/100km according to the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC). As with the Coupe, the Cabrio can be had with a Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) dual-clutch transmission or a 7-speed manual; an industry first.

Also like the Coupe, the 911 Cabrio features aluminum-steel construction and updated exterior styling. A focus on lightweight construction and the use of such materials as magnesium have ensured that the new Cabrio actually weighs less than the outgoing model. This is a pleasant surprise, as today's automobiles often weigh much more than their predecessors.

The new Cabrio also has a longer wheelbase and a wider front track than before, as well as a new electro-mechanical power steering system and available active control systems.

Porsche lists the 2012 911 Cabrio at a base manufacturer's suggested retail price of $106,900 while the more powerful S version lists at a base MSRP of $123,200.

On display now at Detroit's North American International Auto Show, the new 2012 Porsche 911 Cabrio will undoubtedly debut at similar auto shows in Canada, including the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto and the Vancouver International Auto Show. After making the show rounds, the new Cabrio will go on sale in the spring.
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Topics: Convertible, Porsche, 2012, 911 Carrera Cabriolet, 911 Carrera S Cabriolet, $99,999+,

Organizations: Porsche

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