2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet Debuts Ahead of Detroit

Porsche has unveiled the next-generation 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet, which will be available in the spring of 2012.

The 911 Carrera Cabriolet and 911 Carrera S Cabriolet get an aluminum-steel chassis combined with a new convertible top design that is said to preserve the 911 coupe roof line. Thanks to the extensive use of aluminum, magnesium and advanced high strength steel, the 911 Cabriolet models are significantly lighter than the last generation.

The 911 Cabriolet models use the same engines as the coupe, which means the 911 Carrera Cabriolet is powered by a 3.4L boxer six-cylinder engine with 350 horsepower, while the Carrera S Cabriolet is powered by a 3.8L boxer six-cylinder engine with 400 horsepower. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet can reach 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds with a top speed of 177 mph, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet reaches 0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds and has a top speed of 187 mph.

The 2012 911 Carrera Cabriolet starts at $97,300, while the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet starts at $108,000. Both models will debut in Detroit this coming January.