A highlight in its own right, the new 911 Cabriolet is one of three new sports cars Porsche launches at the 89th Geneva Motor Show. “With each new generation of the 911, we face the challenge of enhancing our iconic car carefully and yet consistently to meet the needs of the future,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. Alongside the rear-engine 911 Cabriolet, Porsche also unveils the mid-engine 718 T, a 300 hp (220 kW) driving machine available in the Boxster and Cayman variants. The Macan S, with a new V6 turbocharged front engine, completes the debuting trio as a bestseller in the brand’s model range.
Four months ago, Porsche launched the new 911 Coupé in Los Angeles. The eighth generation of this timeless sports car is more powerful, more digital and faster than ever before. Now it is the turn of the open-top variant of the 911 to take centre-stage. The S model features a 450 hp (331 kW) twin-turbo engine that delivers top speeds of over 300 km/h, and acceleration of 0-100 km/h in less than four seconds. Drivers can enjoy the new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission and with the Porsche Wet mode even safer handling on wet roads. The model’s design applies a modern twist on classic elements from classic 911 models.
The latest 911 Cabriolet is the latest in a long line of open-top Porsche models that includes the company’s very first vehicle. This body style first appeared in the 911 family more than 30 years ago, and it continues to symbolise a uniquely intense driving experience to this day. The weight of the soft top has been further optimised, and it now takes only twelve seconds to completely fold it away, thanks to a new hydraulic motor – it closes back up with the same swiftness too, even when travelling at speeds up to 50 km/h. Made predominantly from magnesium, the high-tech structure of the soft top, designed by Porsche, prevents the roof from ballooning even at high speeds.
The new 718 T – concentrated driving dynamics
Porsche launches a second model at the Geneva Show, the 718 T. The new touring variant of the Boxster and the Cayman combines the 300 hp (220 kW) powerful four-cylinder turbo boxer engine with highly sophisticated dynamic components such as the Sport Chrono package and PASM sports suspension that includes a 20-millimetre-lowered body. The car also comes equipped with PADM adaptive body positioning and Porsche Torque Vectoring with mechanical rear differential lock as standard – features which are being made available with the 2-litre boxer engine for the first time. In combination, they pack the high-performance character of the two-seater sports car into an especially exciting Porsche experience: the 718 T will be most at home on winding country roads, offering the sheer joy of driving as its ultimate goal. Equipped with the essentials, this puristic driving machine is the heir to the 911 T from 1968 and the 911 Carrera Clubsport from 1987.
The new Macan S – more powerful, with a new design and interior features
The new Macan S also makes its first public appearance in Geneva. Porsche has comprehensively upgraded the Macan in terms of design, comfort, connectivity and driving dynamics. The distinctive Porsche design DNA is visible in the compact SUV’s three-dimensional LED light panel on the rear of the vehicle. Eye-catching new features in the interior include the 10.9-inch touchscreen of the new Porsche Communication Management (PCM), the newly arranged and designed air vents and the optional GT sports steering wheel familiar from the 911. The range of comfort equipment is extended with an ioniser to improve the air inside the car, and a heated front windscreen. The Macan S is powered by a new V6 engine with 3-litre displacement and twin-scroll turbocharger in central turbo layout. The engine has a power output of 354 hp (260 kW) and torque of 480 Nm. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive are a perfect match for the new engines.