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Telegraph Driven: 2012 Porsche 911 [991] Carrera Cabriolet S

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Not another 911? Of the latest, 991-generation car, we've already had Carrera and Carrera S coupés and now there's Cabriolet versions of each. These will be followed by four-wheel-drive models, plus Turbo, GT3, GT2, GT3 RS and so on. And because each is such a competitive model in its sector, it's our job to find out how they stack up.

So, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet. You'll need £79,947 to get into this entry-level 3.4-litre, 350bhp car, plus a bit more to add a few extras such as heated seats (£320), parking sensors (£243) and Bluetooth connectivity (£558).

The most impressive thing about a 911 Cabriolet these days is that it sacrifices so little to the coupé in terms of stiffness and handling that you'd have to be driving extremely fast to notice. Having said that, driving extremely fast is something that comes quite easily to this car, with even this base-engined model pulling hard through the revs before giving a glorious extra kick as the needle sweeps past 6,000rpm.

A top speed of 178mph and 0-62mph time of 5.0sec are pretty formidable, especially from a car that can achieve close to 30mpg on a gentle run.
The electronically-assisted steering is accurate and well-weighted, if not as brimming with feel as the old 911, and the seven-speed manual 'box generally works well, although it's possible to get lost coming back down through the gears.

The main sacrifices compared with the coupé are that it's less refined with the roof up, with a bit more wind noise around the rear three-quarters, and then of course there's the security concern of having a hood made of fabric.

Compared with rivals, 911s still have an issue with tyre noise when cruising at high speed and you could argue that this car's ubiquity has killed a bit of its appeal, but you only need to get behind the wheel to forget all of that.

A fine car, then, and the best 911 Cabriolet to date. Next!

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet
Price: from £79,947
Telegraph rating: Four out of five stars
 

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