[PHOTO GALLERY] 2012 Porsche 911 Cabriolet unveiled image

The German based automaker Porsche has finally unveiled its 2012 911 Cabriolet, based on the 991 platform, which will be offered starting from March 2012 as a Carrera and as a Carrera S model.

According to the manufacturer, the new Porsche 911 Cabriolet generation is using a semi-rigid structure underneath the cloth, made out of magnesium in order to keep the weight down, and the designers actually managed to create the 911 roofline in the convertible for the first time. The 2012 Porsche 911 Convertible will be offered with the same two flat-six engines as the Coupe, where the Carrera comes with the 3.4 liter unit, generating 350 horsepower, and the Carrera S will be powered by the larger 3.8 liter engine, developing 500 horsepower.

Porsche says that both the engines above will be mated to the new seven-speed manual gearbox and even if no performance figures have been released yet, the model is expected to be slower than the Coupe, which fitted with the PDK gearbox can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds for the Carrera and in 4.3 seconds for the Carrera S. Both the Carrera and the Carrera S Convertibles are returning over 28 mpg. The two drop-tops will be available on the market starting from March 3, 2012, when the Carrera Cabriolet will be priced at 79.947 GBP while the Carrera S Cabriolet will cost 89.740 GBP.