2020 Porsche 911 Cabriolet’s Soft Top Brings Coupe-Like Looks And Comfort

911 convertibles have always been known for their uncompromising approach to performance, and Porsche wants you to know the 992 generation makes no exception.

A great deal of attention was given to the 2020 911 Cabriolet’s folding roof, of which Porsche is so proud that they went as far as to release a video and some diagrams that explain it in detail.

Developed completely in-house, the lightweight panel bow convertible top is made from magnesium and creates a coupé-like curved roof when closed, offering almost identical contours to the fixed-roof model. What’s even cooler is that it lacks any visible bows underneath the fabric or any sections to interrupt the classic 911 flyline.

Obviously, Porsche engineers and designers had to consider many factors, not just design. Take, for example, the convenience aspect. Thanks to a new, lighter hydraulic roof drive, the new 911 Cabriolet‘s soft top can be opened or closed in about 12 seconds at speeds of up to 50 km/h (31 mph).

Another important thing to consider was space. Since there is no fixed connection between the panel bows and the fabric, the four magnesium segments can fold flush over one another in a Z-folding mechanism when the roof is down. This unique design means the folded roof consisting of the fabric, frame, panel bows and rear window measures just 230 mm (9 in) in height and 550 mm (21.6 in) in length, requiring very little storage space.

And when the top is closed, the levels of climate and noise comfort come very close to those of the coupe thanks to the insulating mat that lines the entire surface of the exterior fabric. With the top down, comfort is enhanced by the electrically operated, fully integrated wind deflector that reduces wind noise at higher speeds and protects against draughts. It can be opened and closed up to a speed of 120 km/h (74.5 mph).

Last but not least, Porsche claims the drag coefficient of the 911 Cabriolet is almost the same as that of the coupe (0.29) when the roof is closed. The way we see it, the higher price is the only downside to getting the convertible instead of the 911 coupe.

 

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  • nastinupe

    This 992 is so pretty. It’s like 997 pretty. The 991 was ok, but this thing is a looker.

    • Merc1

      I agree.

      M

  • TheBelltower

    This 911 is perfect. It doesn’t have a bad angle. Okay… I don’t like the brake light. But I’ll get past it.

  • SgtBeavis

    This car just makes me sick. It makes me sick in knowing that it is unlikely I’ll ever own one.

    What a beautiful car.

    • DM

      Especially in that white and red combo.. stunning.

  • Matthew Daraei

    Aaah, I need a new underpants.

  • Aiman Al Habib

    After 50 years in production, the 911 doesn’t fail to amuse with every new generation…. just brilliant!

  • Astonman

    I love what they did to the top from the previous gen and continued with this. It has a fluid design that you can’t see the ribs. This is why I always disliked convertibles, until these came along. Plus it looks like a Speedster already, so I just don’t see the need to make a Speedster or pay the higher price. I’m good!

  • SteersUright

    The 991 cabriolet top was also magnesium and looked exactly the same. Is this really all new?

  • Kagan

    For this one to look good with the top up you need a big wing at the back.

  • Vassilis

    Kind of cool to see Sounion used as a launch location for the car. Really nice route.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Best looking cabrio (top up.)

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