Porsche Debuts Targa 911 at Detroit Auto Show

By Paul Joseph

German luxury car makers Porsche have launched the brand new 911 Targa at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

While enthusiasts will recognise cues from the classic Targa concept, pioneered by Porsche in the late 1960s, this latest model is the first to combine state-of-the-art open roof technology with a distinctive coupé appearance.

Just like the original 911 Targa model, the new incarnation features a characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars aft of the doors, a movable roof section above the driver and passenger, and a wrap-around rear window – with no C-pillar.

But, unlike the classic models, the roof segment of the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When the button is pressed, the fully automatic system stows the roof top behind the rear seats.

The rear-biased Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive fitted as standard is another dynamic Porsche hallmark feature, helping ensure optimum driving dynamics on all road surfaces and in all weather conditions.

As with the prior model, the new Targa comes in two versions available exclusively with all-wheel drive. A seven-speed manual transmission is fitted as standard. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp (257 kW) flat-six engine. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Package, this model can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 175 mph.

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 184 mph and, with the PDK and Sport Chrono package options specified, is able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.4 seconds.

The new 911 Targa models are available to order from Porsche Centres in the UK from today, with first cars arriving in showrooms in May. The 911 Targa 4 is priced from £86,281, whilst the 911 Targa 4S priced from £96,316.

Founded by Ferdinand Porsche in Germany in 1931, Porsche has grown to become of the world’s most renowned luxury sports car brands.

By Paul Joseph