Porsche has already taken the wraps off its next-generation 911 but the virtually identical convertible, or �Cabriolet� in Porsche speak, is still under development.
As can be seen by these latest spy shots, prototypes appear to be almost complete, though there could be some major surprises before the covers do finally come off.
Porsche is going to great length to break as much new ground as possible with its latest 2012 911.
For instance, the automaker has introduced a new seven-speed manual, a world first for a production car, but it also looks like the 911 Cabriolet will get an intricate folding roof composed of both metal sections and traditional canvas.
For 2012, a Carrera GTS has been added to the line-up to bridge the gap between the Carerra and the Turbo, it sports a 408-hp version of the 3.8-liter engine, and is available in rear- or all-wheel drive. Also, a limited edition of the rear-wheel drive Carerra called Black Edition has been introduced. Late in the 2012 model year, an all new 911 will be introduced, the 991-generation will be launched as a RWD coupe and convertible first, with more variation to come in the following model year.
Both models will be backed up by a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission. A seven-speed manual transmission will be optional.
When it hits Australian shores in March, prices will kick off at $255,100 for the base model Carrera (up from $245,300 from the outgoing model), and $288,300 for the Carrera S Cabriolet (up from $275,100).
More images of the new variant have been released to build up anticipation before its show debut (click on the �Gallery� button at the top of the article to see them all). The Detroit show starts on January 9.source:autos.aol.com,caradvice.com.au,motorauthority.com