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2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

2018 MODEL

$103,400 - $124,300

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Overview

Supersport convertibles are becoming excitingly popular nowadays. Among the horde, Porsche 911 Carrera is one of the trendsetters in the convertible segment. With 2018 model rolling out, the Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible series is ready to delight the enthusiasts. The convertible is recognized very well for its sleek styling and asphalt burning performance.

Soon after pushing the ignition switch, one can easily hear the growl coming from the V6 Turbo engine positioned at the rear of the Porsche 911. The power generated by the engine is enormous and directed towards wheels either through an RWD or AWD drivetrain that allows the 2018 Carrera Convertible to have a rapid throttle response.

At the front line, the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is ready to challenge three other convertible supercars that are, namely Mercedes Benz SL 450, Jaguar F Type R, and Maserati GranTurismo Sport. The build quality and features of the rivals are as good as 911 Carrera but will Carrera be able to outpace them in any manner, let’s find out.

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Pros

Lighter than most rivals

Striking interiors

Available in 6 different trims

Great deal of customization with numerous additional packages

Exceptional braking ability

Cons

Affording a Porsche has never been easy

Rear seats have inadequate space for adults

What's New?

The 2018 variant lacks any major modifications in it but Porsche brings a smile to 911 Carrera lovers by introducing a new double-tone seat color themes including beige motif. Additionally, an all-new 3.0 S power kit is also introduced specifically for S and 4S trims that will boost the overall engine horsepower by 30 hp.


Features

Power

370 hp

331 torq

MPG

20 city

29 hwy

Engine

h6 cyl

3 disp

transmission

7M

0 to 60

4.8



Styles

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible in Night Blue Metallic color  2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible in Jet Black Metallic color  2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible in Racing Yellow color  2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible in Black color  2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible in White color
Night Blue Metallic

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Ratings

Exterior

5.7

Engine

9.5

Interior

4.8

Fuel Economy

6.6

6.7

OVERALL RATING

Variant Name

MSRP


 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera

Carrera

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$103,400

Configurations
Carrera 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/29)

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera 4

Carrera 4

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$110,300

Configurations
Carrera 4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (19/22/28)

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera S

Carrera S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$117,400

Configurations
Carrera S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (20/23/28)

 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera 4S

Carrera 4S

Fuel: Premium unleaded (required), Transmission: Manual, Seats: 4

$124,300

Configurations
Carrera 4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M)
Transmission: 7M MPG: (19/22/28)

Expert Review


carhp editor Last updated 18 days ago

6.7

Overall Rating


 

9.5/10
Engine

 

6.6/10
Fuel Economy

 

4.8/10
Interior

 

5.7/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

At the front line, the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is ready to challenge three other convertible supercars that are, namely Mercedes Benz SL 450, Jaguar F Type R, and Maserati GranTurismo Sport. The build quality and features of the rivals are as good as 911 Carrera but will Carrera be able to outpace them in any manner, let’s find out.

Features

The 6 trim lineup is what one has to expect while going for the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera. FYI, all the trims have a similar capacity engine but it had been tuned differently, which results in varying engine figures. Coming back to the trim levels, they have been titled as Carrera, Carrera S, Carrera GTS, Carrera 4, Carrera 4S, and Carrera 4 GTS. The numeric digit 4 in some trims signifies that they employ the AWD drivetrain for power transmission.

Trim

Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Porsche 911 Carrera GTS 2dr

Porsche 911 Carrera S 2dr

Porsche 911 Carrera 4S 2dr

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS 2dr AWD

Porsche 911 Carrera 4 2dr

MSRP

$103,400

$133,000

$117,400

$124,300

$139,900

$110,300

Key

Features

Four-spot LED daytime running lights

Three-dimensional taillight

Four-spot brake lights

Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and Connect apps

Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

Four-spot LED daytime running lights

Three-dimensional taillight

Four-spot brake lights

Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and Connect apps

Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

Four-spot LED daytime running lights

Three-dimensional taillight

Four-spot brake lights

Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and Connect apps

Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

Four-spot LED daytime running lights

Three-dimensional taillight

Four-spot brake lights

Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and Connect apps

Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

Four-spot LED daytime running lights

Three-dimensional taillight

Four-spot brake lights

Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and Connect apps

Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

Four-spot LED daytime running lights

Three-dimensional taillight

Four-spot brake lights

Apple CarPlay, telephone module, and Connect apps

Burmester High-End Surround Sound System

Sitting at the bottom and acting as the entry-level trim is the Carrera, which gets a massive price tag of nearly $103 K. For such a huge price tag one should expect high-class features and the Porsche seems to meet the expectations pretty well. Features such as driveline traction control, 19-inch silver forged aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, and rain-sensing wipers act as the key highlights.

Jump a level ahead and you will find the Carrera S trim, whose engine is tuned to deliver more power and torque. However, be ready to spend $14,000 extra that makes its base price to be nearly $117K. Apart from better engine performance, the Carrera S offers bigger 20-inch aluminum wheels and exclusive sport and 3.0 S Powerkit packages over the base trim.

One important thing to notice among the trims of 2018 911 Carrera Convertible is that the AWD counterparts of the aforementioned trims have the same features except for the drivetrain. For instance, the Carrera and Carrera 4 carries similar features but the Carrera 4 utilizes AWD drivetrain in place of the RWD drivetrain available in the Carrera. Furthermore, the price difference between an AWD variant and the RWD variant is $6,900.

We Recommend

As per our frame of reference, the Carrera S is the most valuable trim as its performance satisfactorily meets the expectations from a car with true racing spirit. Moreover, rims are one of the most attractive parts of a sports car and the 20-inch aluminum wheels present in the Carrera S are just perfect.

Engine

9.5/10
“The 911 Cabriolet gives little away to its more dynamically focused coupe stablemate and offers a level of grip and handling that is as good as any drop-top performance car around.”- Carbuzz

Engine and Transmission

Reviving the 2018 911 Carrera is its popular 3.0-Liter Flat 6 turbo engine that churns out a max power of 370 hp in conjunction with 331 lbs.-ft. However, for the Carrera S and Carrera GTS trims, the re-tuning of the same engine results in better power figures, which corresponds to 420 hp and 450 hp respectively.

The heavy-duty engine of the convertible is deliberately combined with a 7-speed gearbox that requires manual shifting. Moreover, the accuracy of the gear shifts are bang-on and even if the vehicle is running on racing tracks, its transmission will not disappoint in any way.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

Jaguar F type R 2dr

Maserati GranTurismo sport

MSRP

$103,400

$88,200

$103,000

$148,850

Engine

3.0L flat6

3.0L V6

5.0L V8

4.7L V8

Transmission

7 Speed manual

9 Speed automatic

8 Speed automatic

6 Speed automatic

Horsepower

370 hp@6500rpm

362 hp@5500rpm

550hp@6500rpm

454 hp@7000rpm

Torque

331 ft-lbs@1700rpm

369 ft-lbs@1800rpm

502 hp@3500rpm

384 hp@4750rpm

Comparing the base trim of 911 Carrera with the competitors, it becomes pretty evident that the Maserati GranTurismo and Jaguar F-type have superior engines integrated into them. Moreover, Carrera is the only convertible to utilize manual transmission while its other three counterparts rely on more efficient automatic transmissions.

Acceleration

911 Carrera is fast, really fast and words are not enough to describe the adrenaline rushing through the body as soon as one hits the accelerator. In fact, 4.8 seconds are more than enough for this super sports convertible to gain a speed of 60 mph from a complete halt. A small turbo lag is obvious at the start but shortly after the turbos kicking in, huge leaps can be observed on the speedometer.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

Jaguar F type R 2dr

Maserati GranTurismo sport

0-60 MPH

4.8 sec

4.9 sec

3.9 sec

4.8 sec

Quarter mile

13.3 sec

13.2 sec

11.7 sec

11.7 sec

Engine

3.0L flat6

3.0L V6

5.0L V8

4.7L V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

7.7

7.6

9.8

11.7

From the competition, the acceleration capabilities of SL 450 and Granturismo are very much comparable to the 911 Carrera. Whereas, the Jaguar grabs the title of being the fastest with its amazing 0-60 mph time of 3.9 seconds.

Ride and Handling

The riding quality of the Porsche cars acts as a benchmark and the 2018 911 Carrera is carrying that legacy forward. With its power packed engine, the cars roar and display its ferocious nature while on the road. Additionally, the Carrera features the Porsche Traction Management (PTM), which makes it possible to change the power transmitted to the wheels according to one’s requirements.

For making the cabin comfortable at all times, the Carrera makes use of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that adjust the damping of each wheel separately according to the road conditions. Moreover, Porsche Stability Management feature also ensures that the car remains stable even when it is performing at its limits. The overall riding and handling capability of the Porsche 911 Carrera portrays the unmatched craftsmanship.

Braking

Accelerating till the brink of a curve and then applying sudden brakes to drop the speed sharply may be an issue in other supercars but not in the 911 Carrera. With a combination of 13-inch brakes and a weight of just 3307 lbs., the Carrera can decelerate from 60 to 0 mph at 96 feet of distance. The braking mechanism of the Carrera is engineered so well that it puts the competitors to shame.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

Jaguar F type R 2dr

Maserati GranTurismo sport

Brake Front (in.)

13

14.2

15

14.2

Brake Rear (in.)

13

12.6

14.8

13

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3307

3826

3847

4365

60-0 MPH (ft.)

96

108

113

102

Fuel Economy

6.6/10

Buying a Porsche requires a lot of money, but do not worry because, in the long run, it will save you a lot of money due to its high fuel efficiency. Amidst the competition, the Mercedes Benz SL 450 offers similar mileage figures as that of the 911 Carrera but the other two rivals are just nowhere in sight.

Model

hPorsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

Jaguar F type R 2dr

Maserati GranTurismo sport

MPG (city)

20

20

15

13

MPG (highway)

29

28

23

20

MPG (combined)

23

23

18

15

Maserati is nowhere in the competition as it has the least efficient engine making only 13 mpg in the city and 20 on the highway.

Interior

4.8/10
“The 2018 Porsche 911's cabin is stylish, and the quality of its materials is outstanding. The front seats are spacious and supportive, while the rear seats are best used as a penalty box or folded down for extra storage space. Techies will appreciate the 911’s long list of standard and available features.”- Cars.USnews

Seating and Comfort

Reviewing the layout of the Carrera, it follows a 2-door convertible layout with a seating capacity of 4. Among the rivals, only Maserati GranTurismo offers an equivalent seating capacity of 4 passengers while both the Mercedes Benz SL 450 and Jaguar F Type R accommodates only 2 people.

The space available at the front seats of 911 Carrera is ample enough to make passengers feel like home. Whereas, when it comes to the rear seats, the space availability is definitely a concern especially for adults.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

Jaguar F type R 2dr

Maserati GranTurismo sport

Passenger capacity

4

2

2

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

39.1/55.5/42.9

37.0/56.5/43.0

40.2/54.2/41.7

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

N/A

-

-

34.3/48.9/30.1

Infotainment System

The 911 Carrera employs the ingenious Porsche Communication Management (PCM) to keep driver updated with certain features and also acts as a medium for entertainment. Furthermore, the PCM infotainment system utilizes a 7-inch touchscreen display, which is highly intuitive. Getting real-time traffic information is also within the working range of the PCM as it supports online navigation.

Interior Features

The interiors of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible are comfortable and offers numerous luxurious features with some of them mentioned as ahead:

  • Five round instrument cluster
  • Keyless entry
  • Electronic ignition switch
  • Two-zone automatic climate control
  • ParkAssist system
  • Speed limit indicator
  • Fabric hood that folds or opens in just 13 seconds

Cargo Capacity

Porsche has always taken a step back when it comes to the boot space in most of its supercars and the reason is pretty much unclear. The same stands true for the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible as its cargo capacity is limited to a very small volume of 5.6 cubic feet. So, carrying a big number of belongings in the Carrera is not an option at all.

Exterior

5.7/10
“It’s a sexy machine with wide hips and a sinister stance, but retains an unmistakable understated elegance lost on the Porsche’s more radically styled competitors. It turns heads, but never draws a sneer.”- Kelly Blue Book

Dimension and Weight

The measurements of the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible are compact enough to make it an overall smaller vehicle than its three major competitors. However, the Carrera’s 177.1 inches of length is greater than that of the Jaguar F type R by 1.1 inches.

The 911 Carrera’s curb weight of just 3307 lbs. counts it in among the lightest supercars available in the market. Additionally, its above average ground clearance of 4.3 inches limits the need of slowing down the vehicle over speed breakers and uneven roads.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera 2dr

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

Jaguar F type R 2dr

Maserati GranTurismo sport

Curb weight (lbs.)

3307

3826

3847

4365

Length(in)

177.1

182.3

176.0

193.3

Width(in)

71.2

76.7

74.2

75.4

Height(in)

50.7

51.2

51.5

53.3

Ground clearance (in)

4.3

3.7

3.9

5.0

Wheelbase (in)

96.5

101.7

103.2

115.8

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/59.8

62.8/63

62.4/64.1

62.4/62.6

Exterior Features
The exterior design of the 911 Carrera has brought a saturation in its looks as there’s hardly any significant changes have been made to its design. Nonetheless, there are a few interesting features that will grab your attention and are listed below:

  • Xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps
  • 18 distinct body color options
  • Aluminum wheels
  • Four-spot LED DRLs
  • 3D taillights

Safety

The 911 Carrera combines numerous hi-tech safety features for ensuring a safe riding experience. At the apex, one can find the Porsche’s Roll-over protection feature which deploys roll-over bars to safeguard passengers the moment a probable roll-over is detected by the sensors. In addition, the adaptive braking technology and the highly efficient multi-piston Monobloc Aluminum fixed calipers allow the person behind the wheel to sit back and enjoy the drive.

  • Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB)
  • Front-impact, Side impact, Overhead, Knee airbags
  • Adaptive Braking Technology
  • Attention assist
  • Porsche Side Impact Protection System (POSIP)
  • Active Brake Assist with Cross-Traffic Function

Competition

Mercedes Benz SL 450 2dr

In terms of pricing, the SL 450 is a low-price alternative to the 911 Carrera with its price being nearly $88,200. However, the car fails to prove its worth over the Carrera when it comes road performance and certain other parameters like ground clearance and passenger capacity. Nonetheless, the visual appearance of this Mercedes Benz car is simply stunning.

Jaguar F type R

Representing the British automotive engineering and acting as a highly potential competitor to the 2018 911 Carrera is the Jaguar F type R convertible. With a base price almost similar to the Carrera, the F-type carries a larger capacity engine with enormous power and torque figures. Moreover, it can easily outpace the German convertible on the road with its extremely fast acceleration. On the contrary, its braking, fuel economy and 2-passenger seating act as its major weak spots.

Maserati GranTurismo sport

The Italian automaker Maserati also joins the competition with its iconic GranTurismo Sports model. For owing the GranTurismo, one needs to spend at least $148K and this makes it nearly $45,000 expensive than the 911 Carrera’s entry-level trim. On the upside, the GranTurismo Sport integrates better transmission, more powerful engine and its design result in it to have a higher ground clearance and larger boot space than the Carrera. One more thing, the exterior design, and interiors of the GranTurismo is also trendier and more attractive than the 911 Carrera.

Final Verdict

On the basis of performance and reliability, the 2018 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible is one of the best supercars. Moreover, its safety features are state-of-the-art, which allows users to explore its full potential without the need to worry for the mishaps. The 6 different trims provide a flexibility to the users in making a choice that suits their personal preferences. However, there are a few things about the 911 Carrera that may be disappointing, including its several-decades-old-style and a high maintenance price.

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