The Porsche 911 Targa has returned to the sports car maker’s line-up for the first time since 2009, with a roof style not seen in 20 years.
The all-new Porsche 911 Targa made its world premiere at today’s Detroit auto show with a roof that echoes the design of the original 1965 Targa and was last seen on the 964-series 911 Targa before its 993-based replacement arrived in 1996.
Designed to sit between the hard-top Carrera and drop-top Cabriolet, the new 991 911 Targa follows its 996 and 997 predecessors in being based exclusively on the four-wheel-drive Carrera 4 and 4S models.
Local deliveries of the new Targa will begin in mid 2014, with the 911 Targa 4 priced from $247,900 and the 911 Targa 4S from $285,100 – up $3300 and $3200 over the 4 and 4S Cabriolet variants respectively.
For 2014 this means the 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 257kW/390Nm 3.4-litre six-cylinder, while the Targa 4S gains the larger capacity 3.8-litre engine with 294kW and 440Nm. Porsche claims a 0-100km/h benchmark of 4.8 seconds and a top speed of 282km/h for the 4 and 4.4 seconds and 296km/h for the 4S.
Comprised of a fabric soft-top front section, the distinctive Targa roof bar and a wraparound glass rear window made from lightweight laminated safety glass, the new the roof can be opened and closed in around 19 seconds. Activated by pushing a button on the centre console, when opened, the fully automatic roof is stored behind the rear seats.
Only able to be operated while the vehicle is stationary, the new roof system is joined by an integrated manual wind deflector that can be deployed whenever the top is down.
Featuring steel roll-over protection on the inside and painted cast aluminium elements outside, the fixed Targa bar has three ‘gills’ and ‘targa’ lettering on each side in a nod to the original.
Both 4 and 4S models receive as standard leather upholstery, sports seats, climate control, bi-xenon headlights, and a seven-inch colour touch-screen with Porsche Communication Management and satellite navigation. Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and Porsche Traction Management (PTM) are also standard. Additionally, the 911 Targa 4S gains 20-inch alloy wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited-slip differential.
The first Porsche 911 Targa featured a large, removable hard-top roof section, a stainless-steel-covered structural hoop, and a soft roof section beyond the hoop that folded down under a tonneau cover. In 1968, the option of a fixed, wraparound glass rear window was added for the first time.
From the arrival of the 993 911 Targa in 1996, Porsche dropped the iconic hoop styling and presented a fully revised version of the Targa model with an entirely glass roof that featured a sliding glass cover that could be lowered and retracted beneath a hinged rear glass window.
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