911 Carrera convertible

Porsche has released the first images of its 911 Carrera Cabriolet ahead of its debut at next year’s North American International Auto Show (January 9-22).

The convertible edition of the 911 Carrera uses a new roof mechanism considerably lighter than predecessors thanks to the use of magnesium in the hood frame.

The mechanism also uses two lightweight fabric-covered plastic panels which should make it stronger and more resistant to wind buffeting at high speeds.

2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet

Like its coupe sibling, the 911 Carrera Carbiolet also has a longer wheelbase, wider front track and shorter front and rear overhangs, which will improve handling.

Porsche 911 Cabriolet

It will be sold with a 3.4-liter engine producing 350hp and a 3.8-liter engine producing 400hp for the high-performance S version, both of which can manage a fuel efficiency of over 28mpg (8.4 l/100km).

2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet photo