The lightly disguised prototype of a 911 Carrera Cabriolet version was seen conducting final testing rounds on a highway and will be officially unveiled together with the rest of the models in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Although at a first sight you might be tempted to say the car was undisguised, it actually has some disguise on the taillights along with black tape on the rear bumper to hide the changes.
In typical 911 fashion, the mid-cycle refresh for the current generation will only bring subtle changes and most of them will only be noticeable to fans of the model. However, don’t let the familiar look trick you into believing that nothing has changed in the engine department as the car you are seeing in the attached image is no longer naturally aspirated.
That’s because Porsche has decided to phase out the 3.4-liter engine of the base Carrera and replace it with an all-new 3.0-liter turbo that delivers 370 bhp, thus making it 20 bhp more powerful than the outgoing engine. We are aware that not all people are fans of turbocharging, but it’s hard to deny any of the advantages it brings such as additional power and improved efficiency.
By packing more punch, expect the facelifted 911 Cabriolet to be quicker than its predecessor that needs five seconds until 100 kmph or 4.8s with the optional PDK transmission and Porsche also has an optional Sport Chrono Package which lowers the sprint time to 4.6 seconds. Expect all of these numbers to decrease once the turbocharged open-top 911 will be out while top speed will likely remain in the same ballpark as now: 286 kmph for the manual version and 284 kmph for the PDK-equipped model.
We will have all the details by mid-September when the 911 (991.2) range will debut at IAA, unless Porsche will decide to show the cars online before that.