1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet


1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet

After producing no convertibles for 18 years, Porsche launched the 911 SC Cabrio in the spring 1983. The top made extensive use of metal plates and fixed components to maintain rigidity at high speeds and offer some rollover protection. When first offered to North America, Road & Track listed a price of $34,450. Available options included $1,905 leather seats, $795 Monterey stereo and $1,850 16-inch forged wheels with Pirelli P7s.1

Road & Track also found that the Cabriolet was only marginally slower than the Coupe, taking 7.0 seconds to reach 60 mph instead of the Coupe’s 6.7.

Sources & Further Reading

Lamm, John. Porsche 911 Cabrio.Road & Track. February 1983.

1983 Porsche 911 SC Cabriolet

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
typeSeries Production Car
built atStuttgart, Germany
price $$ 34,450
engineAir-Cooled Flat-6
positionRear, Longitudinal
aspirationNatural
fuel feedBosch K-Jetronic Electronic Injection
displacement2994 cc / 182.7 in³
bore95 mm / 3.74 in
stroke70.4 mm / 2.77 in
compression9.8:1
power152.1 kw / 204.0 bhp @ 5900 rpm
specific output68.14 bhp per litre
bhp/weight74.18 bhp per tonne
body / frameUnitary Steel Monocoque
driven wheelsRear Engine / RWD
front brakesVentilated Discs w/Vacuum Assist
rear brakesVentilated Discs w/Vacuum Assist
f suspensionMacPherson Struts w/Torsion Bars, Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
r suspensionSemi-Trailing Arms w/Torsion Bars, Tube Shocks, Anti-Roll Bar
curb weight2750 kg / 6064 lbs
weight distro42 % / 58 %
wheelbase2273 mm / 89.5 in
front track1369 mm / 53.9 in
rear track1379 mm / 54.3 in
length4291 mm / 168.9 in
width1651 mm / 65 in
height1311 mm / 51.6 in
transmission5-Speed Manual
gear ratios3.18:1, 1.83:1, 1.26:1, 1.00:1, 0.82:1
top speed~235 kph / 146.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~7.0 seconds
fuel econ epa10.01 L/100 km or 23.5 mpg-us