Porsche 911 Cabriolet: through the years

Following the recent unveiling of the latest model, lets take a look back at some of the 911 convertible’s greatest hits…

2019 is now well underway, and with the new year comes the new 911 Cabriolet – a car we have just recently been treated to pictures of. Not only that, but we’ve also been told that it’s far punchier than the car it replaces. The main thing you need to know, however, is that the convertible’s performance matches the coupe.

Going into its eighth generation, the Porsche 911 has been around for over 50 years now and, during that time, has evolved in all manner of ways. So, with that in mind, we’re going to be taking a trip down memory lane to remember some of the great 911 convertibles to come from Stuttgart-based manufacturer.

1967 Porsche 911 Targa

Let’s start from the beginning, shall we? After a prototype named the 901 Cabriolet was revealed, the first 911 to be made open-top was actually a Targa variant. It was due to fear of stricter US safety legislation that Porsche decided to develop the Targa instead of the Cabriolet. Fortunately though, it was out of this we got the cool roll design hoop now iconic to the 911 Targa. 1983 was the year the first production 911 Cabriolet was introduced.

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet 

Speaking of the first 911 Cabriolet, here it is. Featuring a more aggressive, muscular look over the previous model, this iteration also had a more powerful 3.2-litre flat-six engine. Despite all the updates, the 911 still remained true to the original by retaining the rear-engined layout and classic silhouette. And the addition of the drop-top roof only made the 911 better, allowing for open-air sports car motoring.

2007 Porsche 911 Turbo

As the rocket ship of the 911 family, you’d expect the Turbo to be fast. But when the 997 Turbo arrived on the scene it bordered very much on supercar performance, with a 0-60mph time of under four seconds. What’s more, it still had the 911 trait of being usable everyday. You could just as easily take it on a track day as you could take the kids to school or the shopping home from the supermarket – a great all-rounder.

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

The 997 Speedster is unfortunately a very rare car, with only 356 ever built. And while it’s a shame there aren’t more of these fantastic cars, it doesn’t mean that we can’t appreciate how special it is. The Speedster blends modern dynamics with classic 911 character, meaning this is a very desirable piece of kit. It also has a fantastic 3.8-litre flat-six which sounds amazing with the top down.

2014 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet

You could describe the GTS as either a cheaper, less hardcore GT3 or a more expensive, stiffer Carrera S. Either way, the Carrera GTS Cabriolet ticks all the boxes. For one, it looks the part, with racier wheels, a wide-arch body and an Alcantara-filled interior. But before you start worrying it’s all show and no go, you’ll be happy to know that the GTS gets things like more power, adaptive dampers and a limited-slip differential – so it drives as magnificently as the sporty looks would imply.


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