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The 997-Generation Porsche 911 models featured revised exterior styling but it was again more evolution rather than revolution; typical of Porsche as a company and the Carrera itself. The rear bodywork was a total of 88 mm (3.5 inches) wider than its predecessor. However, the most notable aesthetic difference between the 997 and the prior 996 was the return to oval headlights like those of pre-996 Carreras, with separate indicator units. The interior was re-designed with new controls; however, it was more reminiscent of classic 911 interiors than of the outgoing 996. The body in general remained low-profile with a drag coefficient of 0.29 for the Carrera and 0.30 for the Carrera S. The base Carrera has essentially the same 3,596 cc (3.596L; 219.4 cu. in.) flat-6 (Boxer) engine continued from the Type 996 Carrera. The Carrera S used a new 3,824 cc (3.824 L; 233.4 cu. in.) flat-6 engine.
For the first time, development of the cabriolet version of the 997 led the design and engineering effort at Porsche with the coupé following. Porsche applied the logic that if you started with the more difficult cabriolet challenges (for chassis stiffness) the coupé version would simply be more rigid. Despite additional weight, the cabriolet versions attain nearly the same performance figures as their coupé counterparts. Even the rear tail comes up slightly higher on the cabriolets to compensate for differences in drag over the canvas top vs. the smoother coupé shape. Optional for the 997 Cabriolet models is a hardtop that encapsulated the vehicle in place of the canvas top. It is interchangeable with that available on the late 996 cabriolet models.
A spectacular one-owner 997-Generation Porsche 911 Cabriolet, this example benefits from meticulous maintenance and fastidious care. All options were ordered when new. The stunning color combination, along with the exceptionally low original miles of just over 18K, makes it an outstanding opportunity to purchase a wonderful modern Porsche icon for top-down driving exhilaration!