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New Porsche Carrera Cabriolet: less of a pram, more of a fresh-air coupe (w/VIDEO)

New Porsche Carrera Cabriolet: less of a pram, more of a fresh-air coupe (w/VIDEO)

According to Porsche, the headline news with its new 991 Carrera Cabriolet is that the design of the hood ensures the iconic 911 roof line is retained in its entirety.

So, at last the silhouette of the soft top matches that of the coupe, and Porsche have achieved this without resorting to one of those silly folding hard-top devices which double the weight of the car.

Porsche improves the 911 GT3 R for 2012

Porsche improves the 911 GT3 R for 2012

For the 2012 season Porsche have upgraded the 911 GT3 R, adding a further 20 bhp (now 493 bhp), providing quicker steering wheel mounted paddle-shifts, a softer anti-roll bar on the front axle to reduce understeer and an automatic throttle blip control, making it almost impossible to miss a gear and over-rev the engine. The 911 GT3 R remains based on the 997 platform rather than the latest 991.

New Porsche 911: Is this now the best car in the world?

New Porsche 911: Is this now the best car in the world?

Whether or not you’re a fan of Porsche’s most enduring model, it’s impossible to ignore just how influential it has been in the world of motoring (and motorsport). At 48 years young, it might be getting on a bit and yet it shows no sign of stagnating. The 2010 911 GT3 R Hybrid became the world’s first hybrid to compete in an international GT championship. But the crowning glory of Weissach’s most iconic car is the role it plays as a benchmark for every other manufacturer to reach and (try to) beat.

First official pictures of the New 2012 Porsche 911

First official pictures of the New 2012 Porsche 911

The first official images of the new 2012 Porsche 911 have been published on Jalopnik this afternoon, showing the new front and rear lights which until now had been hidden behind some cleverly contrived camouflage (designed to make the 991 look like the outgoing 997 model).