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2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet revealed

November 23, 2011

Porsche has revealed the all-new 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet. This is the convertible version of the new 991 Porsche 911 Coupe, and is set on go on sale internationally in March 2012.

Featuring the same trim level range as the 2012 Porsche 911 Coupe, there’s both a Carrera Cabriolet and Carrera S Cabriolet version. They come with the same 3.4-litre flat-six engine developing 257kW, and the 3.8-litre flat-six developing 294kW, as the Coupe counterpart, respectively.

Both will be available with the new seven-speed manual transmission or the optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch auto transmission.

The 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet is set to be lighter in weight compared with the current 997 911 Cabriolet range, thanks to a new fabric roof which has been designed not only to blend in with the natural shape of the Coupe, but also with a new magnesium lightweight frame.

With the roof up, you can see the smooth transition from metal to fabric, flowing down to the new rear end layout.

The new cabrio is expected to make an official debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, and will hit the market on March 3.

Australian release dates and pricing for the Cabriolet are yet to be announced, but it is likely it will debut shortly after the Coupe which is set for a March release.

UPDATE: The 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet price will start at $255,100, and from $288,300 for the Carrera S model.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.