I’ve always been a closet 911 Targa fan. Over the decades, it’s sometimes been at bit of an unloved Porsche, purists if the style declaring the rear treatment just too square and not in keeping with the traditional Porsche rear quarter windows. In fact, sometimes it appears as if Porsche themselves have hidden the Targa away, the 993 in particular seeming to go to some lengths to hide it’s Targa aspect. But with the 991 Targa revealed yesterday, the tradition is back in full force and I’m pleased to see it.
That characteristic wide bar, angled rearwards ever so slightly and taking the place of the B Pillars, puts the car’s styling right alongside the original Targa with that lovely wrapped around rear window I recall as a small boy, the target market that Porsche are undoubtedly aiming at.
Two models are launched initially, both four wheel drive and both featuring that innovative mechanism for taking the solid roof panel and stowing it behind the rears, all at the push of a button. Take a look at the video to see the roof mechanism in action.
Will this start a resurgence of the old Targa models?
The obvious question is ‘Will this spark a resurgence of interest in the old Targa models?’ Porsche specialist Philip Raby thinks so, as he wrote on his blog yesterday.
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, 350 hp (257 kW) flat engine. Equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, this model 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 400 hp (294 kW) 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 in 4.4 seconds. Its fuel consumption fluctuates 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 figures, the model is on a 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.
The new 911 Targa models will be launched onto the market in May 2014. In Germany, the 911 Targa costs EUR 109,338 and the 911 Targa S EUR 124,094, inclusive of VAT and country-specific equipment in each case.
Images and video via Porsche AG