In news that should surprise precisely no one, there will be a convertible version of the all-new eighth-generation 911 introduced last fall. Also of no surprise: It’ll once again be available in rear-wheel drive Carrera S and all-wheel-drive Carrera 4S sub models. The Turbo Cabriolet is expected to be announced at a later time.
As expected, the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet possesses all of the improvements, new features and redesigned elements found in the coupe — albeit with a fabric roof and a consequent reduction in structural rigidity.
It features magnesium support elements and new hydraulics that result in smoother and quicker operation. How quick? Try 12 seconds versus the outgoing car’s 13. Like the old car, though, it can still be raised and lowered at speeds as high as 31 mph, and is once again joined by a clever power-operated wind deflector that should do a similarly incredible job of reducing airflow and therefore air fussing when cruising at high speed.
One key addition to the Cabriolet lineup is the availability of the PASM Sport Suspension that features stiffer springs and sway bars, and a ride height reduction of 0.39 inches. It was previously only offered on S and GTS Coupe models.
In terms of performance, the Carrera S Cabriolet and its all-wheel-drive 4S sibling boast the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six found in the coupe good for 443 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque. The eight-speed PDK automated manual, revised for 2020, is standard and helps bring the Carrera S from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. The extra traction granted the Carrera 4S shaves that time down to 3.6 seconds.
Porsche will still offer a 2020 911 Cabriolet with a seven-speed manual transmission. You’ll just have to wait a bit as it “will be offered at a later date.”
You can order a PDK-equipped Cabriolet right now with deliveries expected to start late this summer. The base price for the Carrera S Cabriolet is $127,350. The Carrera 4S Cabriolet starts at $134,650.