New Porsche 911 Carrera S and 4S drops its top

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It’s open season for the Porsche 992 – generation as the German maker unveils its redesigned 911 Carrera S and 4S Cabrio.

Besides dropping its top, the new 911 Carrera range also benefit from an increased body width (45mm wider) compared to the previous generation models which makes for a wider front track. Styling cues include outward extending electric door handles, standard LED headlights, a wider rear spoiler with the rear light bar now standard across both models whilst the 20inch wheels sit stylishly beneath the enlarged wheel arches . The main highlight of both models is the fabric top that opens and closes on the go in 12sec at speeds of up to 50km/h.

The stylishly elegant and sporty interior gains the clear and straight lines of the dashboard with recessed instruments, Adaptive 18-way Sport Seats Plus with improved lateral support, a larger 10.9inch touchscreen and a compact panel with five toggle-like switches for accessing key vehicle functions situated below the screen.

Both the Carrera S and the 4-wheel drive Carrera 4S model benefit from the same engine upgrades as their Coupe siblings, allowing the 3.0litre twin-turbo flat-6 engine to deliver 330kW (17kW increase from previous model) via the standard 8-speed PDK auto transmission. Laying down the power is where these models differ, with the rear wheel drive 911 Carrera S delivering the 0-100km/h sprint in 3.7sec as opposed to the 3.6sec on the 4-wheel drive Carrera 4S model. Opt for the Chrono Package on either model and you get a 0.2sec advantage, which equates to 3.5sec on the Carrera S and 3.4sec on the Carrera 4S with top speeds of up to 306km/h (Carrera S) and 303km/h (Carrera 4S). What’s more exciting is the fact that a manual transmission has been confirmed to be on offer at a later production stage.

With such performance upgrades, it has been a necessity for Porsche to also tweak most of its mechanical components in keeping things tidy under enthusiastic driving. Updates include a 10mm lower ride height (optionally available on both models for the first time), stiffer springs and sway bars on the PASM Sport Suspension.