Feeling the wind in your hair as you glide along a coastal road will happen a whole lot faster than ever before in the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet convertible.

New roof hydraulics are a Cabriolet-specific advanced feature of the innovative Coupe which get the roof opened and closed in around 12 seconds, while an electrically extendable wind deflector ensures necks are protected from wind impact.

The roof, which boasts a soft-top structure to prevent high-speed ballooning, can be opened or closed while the convertible is driving at speeds of up to 50km/h.

The German manufacturer will launch the new vehicle this year to continue a decades-long tradition, established when the prototype of the first 911 Cabriolet was unveiled at the 1981 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

The 911 Cabriolet is available as either a Carrera S with rear-wheel drive or Carrera 4S with all-wheel drive.

Incredible power is delivered by its eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, rocketing the Carrera S from zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds while the Carrera 4S hits 100km/h in 3.8 seconds. If the Sports Chrono package is added to the models, those speeds become 0.2 seconds faster.

For the first time, the Porsche Active Suspension Management sport chassis is available for the 911 Cabriolet. The chassis has been lowered by 10mm, with shorter springs and more rigid anti-roll bars, for a neutral feel and better weight distribution on the road.

The wider exterior is a nod to the earlier 911 models with its forward-extended bonnet and distinctive recess at the front windscreen. The convertible is further lengthened with a larger rear axle, and wide wings arched over the front and back wheels gives this successor a more muscular look.

State-of-the-art safety measures are incorporated in the standard model including a world first, Porsche’s Wet Mode. This new function detects water on the road, preconditions the control systems accordingly and warns the driver.

Clear straight lines and a new dashboard reinvents the interior while paying homage to the “first era” of the iconic sports car. Optional features include Night Vision Assist with thermal imaging camera, adaptive cruise control with automatic distance control and reversible occupant protection.

“It’s not only a bliss to drive; it also looks blissful from every angle,” Porsche shared online.

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