The new Porsche 911 Targa, the new Porsche sports car combining the classic Targa concept of the legendary original with state-of-the-art roof technology, is premiering at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
This latest generation in the extravagant 911 line-up features the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window with no C-pillar. But unlike the classic models, the roof section on the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button.
When the button is actuated, the fully automatic roof system stows the convertible top behind the rear seat system, providing a real spectacle. The rear-biased design of the PTM all-wheel drive fitted as standard is a typical Porsche feature, and guarantees that this latest 911 model also offers optimum driving dynamics on all road surfaces and in all weather conditions.
With these features, the new 911 Targa is presenting itself as a high-quality, innovative remake of the classic vehicle from 1965.
The model shares a great deal in common with the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet models; up to the front windscreen line, the technology and body of the vehicles is more or less the same. The combination of the wide rear end that is typical of all-wheel drive models, the Targa bar and the dome-shaped rear window gives the latest 911 an extremely sporty appearance and a low-slung profile.
Two model variants, exclusively with all-wheel drive
As with the predecessor model, the new Targa generation comes in two versions available exclusively with all-wheel drive. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 257 kW (350 hp) flat six-cylinder engine. Equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the Targa 4 accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 282 km/h. Its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 9.5 and 8.7 litres/100 km, depending on transmission, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 223 and 204 g/km.
The top model is the 911 Targa 4S, which delivers 294 kW (400 hp) from a displacement of 3.8 litres. This model reaches a top speed of 296 km/h and, with the PDK and Sport Chrono package fitted, accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Its fuel consumption varies between 10.0 and 9.2 litres per 100 km, depending on transmission, which corresponds to a CO2 level of between 237 and 214 g/km. With these numbers, the Targa 4S is on par with the high standard set by the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet models in terms of engine and road performance, as well as efficiency.
Both sportscars are certified for compliance with the Euro 6 emissions standard.
Deliveries of the 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S to Australia begin in mid 2014, with the 911 Targa 4 priced from $247,900 and the Targa 4S from $285,100.