Porsche's latest climate control tech makes open-air driving a pleasure.
Open-top sports cars are hard to resist during the warmer summer months, but if conditions are less than perfect, it's often more comfortable just to leave the roof up. Nobody wants a frostbitten nose or a case of heatstroke, after all. But Porsche wants you to enjoy the latest 911 Cabriolet - one of the most dynamic convertibles in existence - just as much with the top down, too, even as temperatures change in real-time.
This has been done by further refining the latest 911's climate control system, whereby the interior temperature sensor that usually operates freely in a fixed-roof coupe or sedan is suppressed when the cabriolet's roof is open.
Instead, the cabriolet's automatic climate control system has been designed to interpret about 350 signals every half a second. This is because there's a lot more going on during open-air driving. The sensors pick up on information such as vehicle speed, outside temperatures, and even coolant temperatures.
All of this data allows the system to work out and constantly adjust the ideal air temperature, air distribution, and the air outlet volume to keep the driver and passengers as comfortable as possible. Porsche says that the effect is especially noticeable at lower speeds, where even high temperatures are effectively countered by a feeling of "freshness" for occupants.
In winter, more warm air is distributed out of the central air vents, without blowing air directly into the faces of occupants. Even rapidly changing weather such as a cloud blocking the sun will see the new system react automatically, without the driver needing to make any adjustments. It shows just how far climate control tech has come, with even the latest Volkswagen Golf having a climate control system you can talk to as if asking a friend to pop open a window.
The Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is part of the expanding 992 family which consists of Coupe, Turbo, and Targa versions. We found it just as rewarding to drive as its stablemates with its powerful turbocharged engine and the availability of both rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. It's now also a convertible you can enjoy with the top down no matter the season.