Carrera 4S Cabriolet
The Porsche 911 turns 55 this year, and regardless of whether you're an air-cooled guy or a liquid-cooled fan, you have to admit that no other vehicle in history has been so single-mindedly awesome for so long. This 2011 911 Carrera 4s Cabriolet is a fantastic way to celebrate, offering a lengthy list of options (you know how expensive those can be), classic 911 styling, and performance that's unmatched by virtually anything else on the street. Oh, and you can drive it to work every day, because the 911 is also the world's most reliable supercar.
With an original MSRP of over $135,000, the Carrera 4S Cabriolet is definitely not an inexpensive car, but it's also one of those rare cases where you get exactly what you pay for. Build quality is every bit as good as the best from Mercedes-Benz or even Rolls-Royce, with typical German attention to precision. Cloaking it in elegant Carrara White helps it keep a low profile (do you really want to be the middle-aged guy in a bright yellow 911) and looks fast just sitting still. If you look very close, you might be able to find a couple minor flaws, but the paint is so smooth, so crystal clear, and so beautifully applied that I think you'll probably get distracted before you find it. Traditional round headlights, a smooth tail with retractable spoiler, and LED taillights help make it instantly identifiable from a quarter-mile away, perhaps the last production car to be able to make that claim. Along with the AWD option, the “4” in “4S” also automatically means that the rear fenders are wider, just like they would be in a Turbo model, an added performance upgrade that will attract even more attention. The removable hard top provides shade and privacy when needed, but if this 911 were mine, I'd drop that blue power top and go searching for sunshine every time I had her out.
The interior is, of course, a pure driver's environment loaded with almost every option available in 2011. You can argue that the 911 has gotten soft in its old age, but you'd be wrong. The Sea Blue leather buckets grab you firmly but not uncomfortably, the pedals are right where they belong for heel-and-toe maneuvering, and the PDK transmission can cycle through gears via the paddles on the steering wheel. The gauges are arrayed in typical Porsche fashion, with the tachometer front-and-center, and the rest spreading out in a cool 3-D pattern around it. White gauge faces were optional and given Porsche's penchant for tacking huge prices on minor upgrades, they probably cost as much as an expensive weekend out on the town. And yes, the 112,198 miles it shows is accurate, and although there are minor signs of use commensurate with the mileage and age of this Porsche, the overall condition is crisp and clean.
The “4S” upgrade was all about performance, punching the flat-six out to 3.8 liters and 385 horsepower (up from 3.6 liters and 345 horsepower in the base model), along with upgrading the Cabriolet to an all-wheel drive car. This one also features the Sport Chrono package which provides a tweak in fuel delivery and shift points to compensate for the added weight of a cabriolet. And speaking of shifts, the dual-clutch PDK 7-speed automated manual transmission changes gears faster than any human possibly could and allows for as much control as the driver wants depending on what mode is selected: paddle or traditional “Auto” selected by the floor shifter. Properly serviced from new by the original owner, the engine is broken in and still performing at optimal levels and starts with a great cackling idle that raises to a tenor howl as the engine heads for the 8000 RPM redline. The adaptive suspension underneath is a thing of beauty, and despite all its technological advances, this 911 still has a great “feel” on the road that seems natural to the driver, anticipating corners and attacking varied road conditions with full confidence. Giant 19-inch rubber probably helps, wrapped around lovely Carrara White aluminum wheels that act as frames for the massive cross-drilled brakes and bright red calipers.
Complete with all its original manuals and extensive service records, this well-optioned, 1-owner 911 Carrera 4S is offered at a fraction of its original price. Nicely maintained and ready to be enjoyed for years to come, clean 911s like this never last long. Call today!