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Reborn Porsche 911 Targa Raises the Roof at NAIAS

by Kenny Hoeschen
Reborn Porsche 911 Targa Raises the Roof at NAIASzoom in

The breathtakingly beautiful Porsche 911 Targa and 911 Targa 4S were revealed at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The cars pay tribute to the 911 Targa’s lauded heritage which began back in 1965. The new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar and movable roof section, but unlike the older Targas, the roof isn’t manually removed and stowed. Instead, it operates with a sophisticated, fully automatic mechanism that lowers the roof to its storage place under the wraparound rear window.

Both 911 Targa models exclusively come in all-wheel drive version, featuring a wider rear track and body, and the same Porsche Traction Management (PTM), found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models. The active all-wheel drive system is designed to provide for the optimal distribution of power for optimum traction in varied road conditions.

The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a horizontally opposed 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine with 350 hp. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Targa 4 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and is capable of a top track speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual transmission). The 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package.  The 911 Targa 4S is capable of reaching a top track speed of 183 mph when equipped with a manual transmission and 182 mph with PDK.

The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600 while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200. We can expect the first 911 Targas to be delivered to happy customers in the U.S. this summer.

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