Thanks to MotorAuthority we can bring a small set of live photos from the Detroit Motor Show featuring the Porsche 911 (991) Cabriolet which is being displayed to the public and press for the first time at the event. The official unveil happened back in November, but with no suitable event between then and now, the new drop-top receives its first outing at the North American Motor Show.
Just to recap on the vital statistics; Like the coupe, the 2012 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible features an aluminum-steel construction with the addition of an all-new convertible top design, which preserves the typically sleek 911 coupe roof line. The design includes the use of aluminum, magnesium and high strength steel, which ensures lower vehicle mass and lower fuel consumption while offering improved driving dynamics and additional comfort. As with the 911 coupe models, the new Porsche open-top models are significantly lighter than their predecessors.
Each of the two new cabriolets uses the same engine as their coupe equivalents. The rear of the 911 Carrera houses a 3.4 liter boxer six-cylinder engine with direct fuel injection (DFI) generating 350 horsepower, driving the rear wheels through a standard seven-speed manual transmission or an optional PDK dual-clutch automated manual transmission.
The open-top Carrera S comes with a 3.8 liter boxer six-cylinder DFI engine developing 400hp. The open-top 911s are significantly more efficient than their predecessors; both models consume less than 10L/100km on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).