911 To The Rescue


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All photos courtesy Porsche

The Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet takes the humdrum out of your daily commute.

In recent years, porsche has ventured into successful launches of new vehicles including suvs and a four-door sedan with front engines. But the traditional 911 classic sports car carries on—with plenty of upgrades from additional power to luxury spins. Yes, the traditional rear engine has stayed in its customary location, but with power upgrades. And fear not—horsepower is present in spades with this S model at 420 horsepower from the boxer 6-cylinder engine with twin turbochargers. Transmission choices include a 7-speed stick or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic. With the automatic—which is faster than the stick—expect a 0-60 time of a swift 3.9 seconds. And for the environmentally sensitive, another excellent byproduct of the small, three-liter engine is the average fuel economy of a relatively reasonable 24 mpg.

There is no question that the classic Porsche styling has been retained and refined. Upfront, the low hood line with high-tech headlights is part of the modern rendition. Rounded metal flows over the sides to a sloping traditional rear layout. Twenty-inch alloy wheels add to the high-performance visage. And when real speed and control are required, a spoiler will automatically elevate from the trunk area, or one can simply push a button on the console to raise or lower it. Overall, a very good-looking package, which simply will not be confused with any other make of sports car.

Inside, leather dominates every surface. Entry is gained by merely having the key on you. As one would expect, high bolstered bucket seats await the driver and the passenger with multiple power adjustments including being heated or cooled as needed. The interior overall space is relatively roomy and a thick, leather-covered steering wheel greets the driver. A large, flat, touch-video screen in the center of the dash handles stereo and multiple functions, including seeing what is behind the car when backing up. Climate conditions are easily controlled with a dual, automatic climate system. In the dash pod, as is Porsche tradition, the large tachometer is in the center flanked with multiple analog gauges, and on the right, a video screen with ample data at your finger tips. Buttons to control the Bluetooth system are on the steering wheel while info in displayed on the dash pod video screen. Even with only two seats, Porsche has handled safety concerns by providing a total of eight airbags.

But, of course, the Cabriolet is made for open-air driving. The top is easily lowered or raised with a press of a button on the center console. Interestingly, this process can take place while on the move. And when the top is lowered, it completely disappears into the body.

And when the top goes down, that is when the fun really begins. When the starter button is pushed, the power plant gives off an interesting boxer engine exhaust note from the four rear exhaust pipes. With the dual-clutch, automatic transmission set by placing the gear lever in drive, the gears will swiftly shift without any meaningful hesitation. But there are a couple of other shifting options, to boot. Place the lever to the left on manual mode and go through the gears or use the “plus and minus” paddles behind the steering wheel to do likewise. To speed the overall process, pressing a button on console tightens up various performance settings. The steering is as direct as one can find. As one would expect, handling and the ride is on the top of the sports car side of the equation, but is not overly harsh— simply point and shoot, and you are there.

So with the various tweaks of this year’s car, Porsche has maintained its sports car obligations and has done so with a unsurprisingly handsome exterior.

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