If you are a big fan of drop tops then Porsche offers something for you in their 911 line that is sure to have you excited. Many car fans have often described it as the best sports car and now Porsche has released its latest model the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet. One thing is certain though, the Porsche 911 Cabriolet has continued to awe drivers each year with its seemingly never-ending evolution. Stunning looks both outside and inside have been a hallmark of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and the latest model hasn’t let us down either. So, what is about the 2023 911 Porsche Carrera Cabriolet that makes it so special, what sets it apart from others in the 911 line and why could this sportscar be what you are looking for? That’s what we are looking to answer in this post. Without further ado, let's dive straight in!
The new 2023 911 Carrera Cabriolet specs are sure to grab attention coupled with an elegant exterior, stunning and classy interior, excellent handling, and an overall great sportscar to have. The car also rocks some unlikely and unique graphics on the exterior including the azure blue 356 color. Step inside and you’ll be met with black leather seats and a dash with red stitching. The 911 Carrera Cabriolet has the same 3.0-liter boxer flat-6 twin-turbo engine from the previous model year able to deliver up to 379 horsepower and 420-pound feet of torque for the base model. This engine connects to an 8-speed dual clutch PDK transmission enabling the car to move from a standing stop to 60mph in just 4 seconds. But with multiple trim levels to choose from, which one do you go for? The 2023 911 Porsche Cabriolet trim for you will ultimately depend on what you are looking for. For instance, the base-level Carrera Cabriolet with a rear-wheel-drive system and a 3.0 Liter flat-6 twin-turbo engine mated to an 8-speed auto transmission goes for $118,900. A step up the price list to $126,200 is the 2023 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet also featuring a 3.0 Liter Flat-6 twin-turbo engine also mated to an 8-speed auto transmission. But what sets the Carrera 4 apart from the base model Carrera is the all-wheel drive system. Next on the line is the 2023 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. It also features a flat-6 twin turbo 3.0-liter engine and an 8-speed auto. But you will need to pay extra for the sport performance-enhanced model at $135,800. Then there is the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet. Unlike the Carrera S, the 4S comes with both the performance-enhanced sport mode and an all-wheel drive system. To get the Carrara 4S cabriolet you’ll need to chuck slightly over $143,000. Lastly is the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet with a MRSP of $155,400. there is no denying that the 2023 Carrera Cabriolet will cost you a pretty penny, but the car is worth every dime.
The first Carrera Cabriolet came out in 1983 and featured an open-top convertible design. It had a 3.2-liter engine that gave out 218hp with buyers having the option of the more powerful 231hp engine. This first generation was available from 1983 to 1989. Then in 1989, Porsche released the Carrera 2 Cabriolet. As the roof was taken out, it prompted a unibody design which consequently made it heavier with more reinforcements under the skin. This model had a 260hp flat-6 3.2-liter engine and remained in production until 1993. In 1995, Porsche again released the new generation Carrera Cabriolet. It was designed more as a grand turismo than a sportscar. As expected, it was an open top and could be ordered with a choice of two engines - the 272hp 3.2 liter flat six or the 285hp 3.6-liter engine. This model however only remained in production for two years until 1997. The years 1998 to 2001 saw the production of the new model Carrera Cabriolet 966. The car was built to be a grand tourer and a daily driver. It had a clean exterior without any wheel arches and came with a standard 3.4-liter gasoline engine. However, buyers had a choice of a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed auto transmission. Then from 2005 to 2008 the Carrera Cabriolet 997 came out. It also had a standard 3.6-liter gasoline engine which could be mated to either a 5-speed auto or a 6-speed manual transmission and gave out 325hp. 2008 to 2012 saw a new Carrera Cabriolet. This one came out 4 years after the previous generation and had an even more powerful engine - a 3.6-liter gasoline that could churn out a whopping 345 hp.
Then from 2012 to 2015, Porsche released yet another new generation of the Carrera Cabriolet this time featuring some cool LED headlights. The engine was a more powerful 3.5-liter 350 hp direct injection gasoline that could be mated to a 7-speed manual or 7-speed auto transmission. Over its evolution, the 911 Carrera Cabriolet engines continued to impress with more and more hp. The same was true with the subsequent generation of Carrera Cabriolet released from 2015 to 2019. It had new design features such as LED daytime running lights and came with a 370hp 3.0-liter engine. In 2019 Porsche showcased a new generation Carrera 385 horsepower 3.0-liter flat-6 mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. Again, the engines continued to evolve to the current 379hp direct injection motor in the base 2023 Carrera Cabriolet.
Once sited inside, you instantly notice the great forward visibility thanks in part to the slim pillars. However, the same cannot be said with the rear visibility as the fabric roof tends to cause blind sports. On the upside, there are 360-degree parking sensors that enhance rear visibility. With the electric 4-way adjustment feature, you will likely find a comfortable driving position even if you are over six feet tall. You also have the option of upgrading to a 14-way electric seat adjustment for an even better fit. And the seats are comfy with extras such as lumbar support and memory foam. The pedals are also well-positioned to ensure a comfortable driving experience even when driving long distances. The rev counter is directly in your line of site. On the flip side, the steering wheel does tend to obscure the fuel gauge and other instruments. The buttons and switches have a quality and sturdy feel being comfortable to the touch thanks to their dampened build design. As for the sat nav and infotainment system, these are great to have especially when you consider that Porsche is renowned for not adding much to the interior and the 10.9-inch system is highly responsive and comfortable to use. The Carrera Cabriolet also comes with an eight-speaker stereo system which can be upgraded to a Bose or Burmester.
There is no denying the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet looks awesome both inside and out. But all that wouldn’t mean much if the handling wasn’t as impressive. Luckily, you don’t have to worry as the drive is simply superb. You feel a sense of connection with the road. The steering is immediately responsive and highly accurate all while rocking an open top. The PASM or Porsche Active Suspension management ensures that the car remains fixed on the road. Your ears will appreciate that twin-turbo flat-6. And when you need to slow down or come to a dead stop, the highly responsive brakes will act when you need them to. Considering the vehicle can reach speeds of up to 180mph, it makes sense to have reliable and accurate brakes. While you would think that the lack of a top on the Carrera would affect its handling, Porsche somehow managed to ensure the car retained its top performance.
Wind in your hair, sunglasses on, cruising down the highway! Few cars will give you the thrill and feel that you get when driving a Carrera Cabriolet. If what you’ve read in our post on the new Carrera has got you searching for one, then let Exotic Car Trader simplify the process for you and ensure your Cabriolet is delivered straight to your door.
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