2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible

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2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 14, 2019


The Porsche 911 cabriolet is one of the best options for the person who wants to put the top down and cruise on a highway in the sunny weather. Available as a rear wheel drive the 3.0L flat six engine makes its presence obvious yet graceful. The Cabriolet is your choice if you want an european drop down around the 100k mark that has a history as long as the 911.

At 103k the Carrera S comes with an optional Pdk or the standard manual transmission. The rear wheel drive never ceases to amaze and the nimble handling is something that makes everyone jealous. Add to that the enviable drop top and you have an engineering marvel that is still going strong after more than half a decade in the industry.

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Pros

Laser-precise handling

Immense grip through corners

Excellent body control

Best-in-class efficiency

Cons

Harsh ride even in comfort mode

Lacks cargo storage

What's New?

No new mechanical upgrades


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$103400

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

370 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

331 lbs.-ft @ 1700 rpm

transmission

7-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

60.7/59.8

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

177.1 in.

width

71.2 in.

height

50.7 in.

curb weight

3307 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

5.1 cu ft.

payload capacity

936 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.3 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

20/23/29 mpg

highway range

490.1 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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Agate Gray Metallic

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Ratings

Features

9.0

Engine And Performance

10

Fuel Economy

5.0

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Base

Base

power
370 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$103,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $103,400 MSRP (20/23/29) 370 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 4

 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera 4

Carrera 4

power
370 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$110,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $110,300 MSRP (19/22/28) 370 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual all wheel drive 4

 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera S

Carrera S

power
420 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$117,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $117,400 MSRP (20/23/28) 420 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual rear wheel drive 4

 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Carrera 4S

Carrera 4S

power
420 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
22 combined

$124,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4S 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $124,300 MSRP (19/22/28) 420 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.0

Overall Rating


Porsche has always pioneered the high-performance sports car segment. The 911 name has an iconic history behind and continues to keep that legacy alive. The 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet faces the competition head-on against rivals like the F-Type SVR, the LC 500, the Corvette ZR1 as well as the Nissan GTR. Let's see how the Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet fares against the competitors.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet front view
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet front view
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet rear view
2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet rear view

9.0/10
Features

 

10/10
Engine and Performance

 

5.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 
 
 
 
 

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Features

9.0/10

The Carrera S Cabrioletis available as either a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive version. Apart from that, there is no other difference in the Cabrioletwhich comes with massive 20-inch centre-lock wheels, six-piston brakes and Apple CarPlay.

Model

911 Carrera S Cabriolet

MSRP

$117,000

Key Features

Center-lock 20-inch wheels painted in satin black

 

Six-piston monobloc aluminium fixed brake calipers at front, four-piston units at rear, discs internally vented and cross-drilled, calipers in red

 

PASM Sport Suspension

 

Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)

 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation

 

Connect Plus including online navigation, Apple CarPlay, telephone module and wireless Internet access

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The all-wheel drive variant is the go to Porsche if you are hoping to get the best out of your Porsche. However, if you're an enthusiast who wants a manual transmission along with rear wheel drive, the Porsche got you covered.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Engine and Performance

10/10

The Cabriolet variants have the Carrera S engine with the Powerkit upgrade. The Cabriolet also has a wider rear track, 20-inch center lock wheels from the Turbo S, a PASM sport suspension - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With a 3.0L flat-6 engine placed at the back, deep inside the convertible, the 911 Carrera S is sports convertible with amazing handling and smooth power delivery. The engine revs like a beast and the rising rpm deliver more and more power to the tarmac. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is absolutely flawless, with precise and lightning fast upshifts and downshifts that send crackles through the sports exhaust.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera S Convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

MSRP

$120,700

$122,750

$93,325

$118,900

$99,990

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

LT5 supercharged V8

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Transmission

7 speed manual

8 Speed automatic

10 Speed automatic

7-speed M/T

6 Speed dual clutch

Horsepower

420 hp @ 6500 rpm

575 hp@ 6500rpm

471 hp@ 7100rpm

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

565 hp@ 6800rpm

Torque

380 ft-lbs @ 2150 rpm

516 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

398 ft-lbs@ 4800rpm

715 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

467 ft-lbs@ 3300rpm

Comparing the convertibles purely on the basis of numbers, the Corvette ZR1 is the one with the maximum output of 755hp and 715 lb-ft torque. The F-Type SVR and the Nissan GTR also produce massive 575 hp and 565 hp ahead of the Porsche and the Lexus LC 500.

Acceleration

The flat-6 engine churning out 450 hp propels the convertible to 60 miles an hour in less than 4 seconds. Along with the lightning fast acceleration comes massive G-forces which push you back into your seat, but the suspension handles the weight transfer to the rear like magic. The quarter-mile sprint is over in a breeze with 12.3 seconds on the clock.

Models

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

0-60 MPH

4.1 sec

3.4 sec

4.4 sec

3.1

2.9 sec

Quarter mile

12.3 sec

11.7 sec

13.8 sec

10.94

11.2 sec

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0L I-6

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

5.0L V8 Premium Unleaded

LT5 supercharged V8

3.8L V6 Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded

Emission

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

N/A

N/A

9.3

N/A

9.8

The Corvette ZR1 is a full-fledged drag strip weapon and has the fastest standing quarter-mile time in among the competition, taking 10.9 seconds. Although the supercar slayer - Nissan GTR - is the fastest one to 60 making it in less than 3 seconds, the quarter-mile time is a few milliseconds behind the Corvette.

Ride and Handling

911 has long been revered as the benchmark of precise handling with the best driving dynamics and chassis control through corners even at the edge of the traction. The low center of gravity along with the stiffened suspension keep you planted to the track and the laser-precise steering with remarkable feedback makes it fun to drive not only on track days but also in the city.

As a daily driver, you might want to take a detour on the rough roads as the sports suspension would rattle your insides like a blender. However, on highways, the convertible is a bliss to drive around and you'd feel in control of the vehicle as you speed past the traffic, within the speed limits of course.

Braking

The convertible comes with 13.7-inch discs up front and 12.9 inches at the back. the pedal modulation is flawless and the lightweight convertible is easy to stop from high speeds easily. You can choose the optional carbon-ceramic brakes for your GTS if you feel like taking your Porsche to the track.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

Brake Front (in.)

13.7

15

15.7

15.5

15.3

Brake Rear (in.)

12.9

14.8

14.1

15.3

15

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3197

3459

4280

3584

3929

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

105

88

N/A

The Lexus comes with massive 15.7-inch brakes up front, larger than entire wheel hubs you'd find on tiny hatchbacks, but rightly so considering the LC 500 weight about 1000 lbs more than the 911. Even the 755 hp Corvette ZR1 comes with huge 15.5-inch brakes.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Fuel Economy

5.0/10

The 911 Carrera S Cabriolet probably isn't the best car to use as a daily driver, but among the competition, the Porsche gives you the best fuel efficiency as a sports convertible. In the city, it manages up to 18 miles to the gallon and on highways those numbers can reach 26, making the combined mpg 21.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

MPG (city)

18

16

16

13

16

MPG (highway)

26

24

25

19

22

MPG (combined)

21

18

19

15

18

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

296/444

347/543

15.4

N/A

Tank Capacity (gal)

16.9

18.5

21.7

N/A

19.5

The Corvette sacrificed its fuel economy to bump up the power figures and thus you get merely 13 mpg in the city and a combined 15 mpg.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Interior

Loads of headroom and good forward visibility. The materials quality and driving position are excellent. - Car connection

Seating and Comfort

The driver-oriented cockpit makes the ride even more engaging for the driver, with a sport steering wheel with column-mounted shift paddles and controls for the audio and cruise control. The seats, as expected of a sports convertible have excellent bolstering and support to keep you in place through the corners. With enough headroom for the tallest occupants, the low roofline doesn't hinder practicality.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

Passenger capacity

2

2

4

2

4

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

-

37.0/56.5/43.0

37.2/56.5/42.0

37.9/55.2/43

38.1/54.3/44.6

Second

(Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

32.2/49.0/32.5

-

33.5/50/26.4

The 4-seater convertibles not only have better space for the occupants but also get more interior storage, however, the rear seats aren't as useful as you'd hope to have with most of them not being able to accommodate tall adults. The Lexus LC 500 convertible and the Nissan GTR have some of the best passenger capacity in the segment.

Infotainment

The sport steering connected to a tilt/telescopic column, automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio with CD, SiriusXM and HD Radio, Porsche Communications Management system and front/rear Park Assist. You get Apple CarPlay as standard however, the system lacks Android Auto support. Optionally you can replace the speaker system with a Bose or Burmester surround sound system.

Cargo volume

Complementing the front cargo bay is more storage options at the back. The mid-engined sports convertible keeps plenty of space open for storing cargo. The front storage is pretty decent but the rake angle of the rear eats up the cargo bay quite a bit.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.7

7.3

5.4

15

8.8

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Exterior

Death, taxes, and the Porsche 911. Few things in the world are as constant as all three. The Porsche 911's basic shape hasn't changed much in the decades it's been on saleit's not changing much next year. - Car connection

Design and Dimensions

The 911s signature design character is very dear to Porsche and hasn't changed much over the years. In fact, it has aged like fine wine and grown more aerodynamic. It's wider and sits lower than the base model Carrera S 20mm lower to be precise. The integrated spoiler at the rear pops up high speed to give you optimum downforce and also works as an air brake when stopping.

The huge 20-inch wheels are not just for aesthetics, they also assist the handling of the convertible. At the back, you'd find huge air intakes which, apart from supplying air to the engine, also aid in engine cooling. The front grille is now more aggressive than ever and gives a menacing look to the GTS.

Model

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Lexus LC 500 convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Nissan GTR Pure

Curb weight (lbs.)

3197

3759

4280

3584

3929

Length(in)

178.3

176.2

187.4

179.8

185.4

Width(in)

72.9

74.2

75.6

77.4

74.6

Height(in)

50.6

51.6

53.0

48.5

53.9

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.2

5.2

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

96.5

103.2

113.0

106.7

109.4

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/60.8

62.4/63.4

64.2/64.4

64.4/63.6

62.6/63

 

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ParkAssist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags w/Passenger Off...
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

IIHS and NHTSA not rated

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Competition

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabrioletvs Jaguar F-Type SVR

The F-Type has a roaring V8 to answer the battle cry from the Porsche's flat-6 engine, and the Jaguar roars louder and stronger. However, on the track, the 911 Carrera S Cabrioletoutsmarts the F-Type SVR with superior handling, agility and laser precise steering. On the interior, both of these convertibles are driver focussed and lack practicality equally.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabrioletvs Lexus LC 500

the Lexus LC 500 was designed as a Porsche slayer and specifically take on the GTS. Along with its powerful engine, it also mimics the Porsche's nimbleness and precision, but it's nowhere near as perfect as the German. The cabin of the LC 500 is decked out with exotic styling and premium materials, while the Porsche is much more performance focussed inside.

Porsche 911 Carrera S Cabriolet Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 is a purpose-built weapon for the drag strip compared to the 911 Carrera S Cabrioletwhich was meant to handle sharp corners at high speed. The interiors are more plush and performance focussed in the Porsche compared to the Corvette. From the outside, the Corvette looks much more aggressive than the Porsche, but in terms of handling, the Porsche is in a league of its own.

2019 Porsche 911 Carrera Convertible Final Verdict

This Porsch 911 is one of the best value for money car that one can buy . With the top down the cabriolet version oozes class and finesse which when combined with surgical precision is unapologetically Eurpean in its nature. The nimble handling is still retained with the added thrill of optional roof. Available with a PDK optional pdk and the twin turbocharged engine the 911 Carrera S S is really a looker.