“Don’t hate me just because I drive a sexy Porsche Cabrio.” Let’s be open and honest. If you drive the new 911S convertible, you’re going to be making a lot of people — men and women alike — jealous. Men will suffer from an acute case of performance envy…and women will be wondering what shoes and accessories you’re wearing to complement your Porsche fashion statement.
But if you don’t mind being the center of attention, and you’ll still be able to afford to support your favorite charities, you might just be a natural born Porsche pilot. Besides, if you want a little privacy…or your suntan has achieved the perfect shade of bronze, you can close out the rest of the world with the touch of a button. The slick, fully automated convertible roof system in the new 911S Cabrio goes from fully exposed to “got you covered” in about 13 seconds. You can even initiate your wardrobe change from covered to topless while standing curbside (with a button on your car key – we don’t get this feature in the US) as pedestrians gawk in amazement, or at speeds up to 30 mph.
But let’s shift our attention to what the Porsche brand is really all about — driving performance. The 3.8-liter engine in the 2012 911S Cabrio whips up a whopping 400 horsepower. So you can instigate a chase or make your getaway with one firm press of the gas pedal. This new 911S cabriolet launches from 0-to-60-mph in as little as 4.1 seconds. If you kept the throttle down, you’d go from 0-to-124-mph in about 15 seconds. Too bad we don’t have those Euro Autobahns here in the US! To harness all of that power, drivers can choose an between a 7-speed manual or optional 7-speeddual clutch transmission with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters. Wow.
Tight, nimble, athletic, and downright exhilarating. Those are just a few of the adjectives tossed around by the female auto experts at Her Highway after road testing the new 911S Cabrio in both urban and twisting highway conditions. Thanks to Porsche’s Active Suspension Management with adaptive damping control, this iconic sports car behaves equally well in all types of driving situations, provided that the person in the cockpit exercises their best discretion. Admittedly, that’s not always easy to do.
While it wasn’t luxury that made the Porsche moniker famous, the company does a wonderful job of making you feel pampered and safe in the 2012 911S. The cabin is roomier than its predecessor, and the leather sport seats and other high-end interior materials look and feel of uncompromising quality and precision. As you would expect, the stereo rocks, and the Navigation system is friendly and intuitive. The new 911S Cabrio also sports an advanced climate control system, but we all agreed that the best way to monitor the climate was simply to go topless! To locate a Porsche store in your area, and take a test drive, because words can’t capture the sounds and sensations of a 2012 911S test drive.
Written by: HerHighway Staff Contributor and Editor Christina Selter