Four months ago, Porsche launched the new 911 Coupé in Los Angeles, and the eighth generation of this timeless sports car is much more powerful, fast and digital than ever before. Now it’s the turn of the Cabriolet, the open-top variant of the 911. The S model features a 331 kW (450 PS; 911 Carrera S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption: 9.1 l/100 km, CO2 emissions: 208 g/km; 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet: Combined fuel consumption: 9.0 l/100 km, CO2 emissions: 207 g/km) twin-turbo engine that delivers top speeds of over 300 km/h, and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds. Drivers can enjoy the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and with the Porsche Wet mode even safer handling on wet roads. With a design that puts a modern twist on classic elements from classic 911 models.
The new 911 Cabriolet is the newest in a long line of open-top Porsche models that includes the company’s very first vehicle. This body style first appeared in the 911 family more than 30 years ago, and it continues to symbolise uniquely intense driving experiences to this day. The weight of the soft top has been further optimised, and it now takes only twelve seconds to completely fold it away, thanks to a new hydraulic motor – it closes back up with the same swiftness too, even when travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h. Made predominantly from magnesium, the high-tech structure of the soft top, designed by Porsche, prevents the roof from ballooning even at high speeds.
Porsche in Switzerland – a clear preference for performance
The sports car manufacturer exhibited vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show for the first time 70 years ago in 1949. Based in Rotkreuz, Porsche Schweiz AG recorded a slight decline of 7% in deliveries, to 3,350 vehicles in 2018, though high-performance models were still the clear favourites. Compared with the previous year, the number of iconic 911 sports cars delivered increased by more than 10% to 962 vehicles in total, of which Turbo/Turbo S and GT models made up 53%.
The Macan was also the most popular Porsche model among Swiss customers in 2018, with 1,068 deliveries. A total of 7,035 vehicles have been delivered to customers since the model was launched onto the market in 2014. The performance-oriented hybrid technology used in the Gran Turismo was a winner for Porsche, with the proportion of plug-in hybrid models rising to 59% of all Panamera vehicles delivered in 2018, and 20% of these being the top-of-the-range model, the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid.