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Porsche Reveals 911 Targa with an All-New Retro Look
The visitors at the Detroit Motor Show were nothing short of being awestruck at seeing the upcoming Porsche 911 Targa. Its revived styling oozes a cool
retro appeal; it sports an innovative folding roof and classic styling.
Porsche Unveils the New Retro Targa
The newest member of the 911 clan, the 911 Targa, was recently revealed at the popular motor event at Detroit. The car is sort of a connection between 911
Coupe and 911 Cabriolet and has been designed to appeal to retro styling aficionados.
Design and Styling
The latest Porsche 911 Targa features distinctive styling unlike its precursor from the generation of 997 models. The latter, with roof in situ, looked
quite similar to the Coupe.
The rear windscreen of the new model drapes perfectly around the car’s back portion; creates an elegant domed effect and replaces the C-pillars. This
design aspect is in line with the original, 1960s’, Targa. There’s a bar that stretches up on the sides and above the roof, in place of B-pillars.
Originally, 911 Targas came equipped with detachable tops. The new model, however, incorporates a dual-piece fabric roof that automatically glides behind
the back seats merely at the tap of a button. That, according to Porsche is indeed a spectacle. The revived design means that the new 911 Targa’s cabin
will be completely open to the surroundings, with its windows down.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
Porsche will offer the next Targa only with all-wheel drive in order to place it in the category of extremely premium products. This means that the 911
Targa range will comprise of a 345bhp Targa 4 and a 394bhp Targa 4S. The cars will come fitted with 3.4l flat-six and a 3.8l engine respectively.
Mechanically, both the Targas will be identical to the Porsche 911 Cabriolet, below the window-line. Both will sport broader rear bodywork, signifying a
four-wheel drive 911.
The 911 Targa 4, fitted with optional PDK gear apparatus plus Sport Chrono package sprints from standstill to 62mph in 4.8s. This speed is 0.1s faster than
an equivalent Cabriolet. It is capable of a maximum speed of 175mph. The fuel efficiency and CO2 emission stats are similar to those of
Cabriolet, respectively at 32.5mpg and 204g/km.
The 911 Targa 4S, similarly, equipped with PDK takes 4.4s to go from 0 to 62mph and touches 185mph, which is faster than the Cabriolet by 0.1s and 3mph.
This model will return 30.4mpg and emit CO2 at 214g/km.
Add-ons and Pricing
The standard equipment kit on 911 Targa 4 includes climate control, leather upholstery, sports seats and a touch display coupled with satellite navigation
system and seven inches in size.
The 911 Targa 4S contains more. It adds 20-inch alloy wheels, PASM adaptive damper system, a 49bhp power boost topped with limited slip differential
For the 911 Targa 4, the price range will begin from £86,281 and at £96,316, for 911 Targa 4S. The premium car manufacturer has started taking orders now,
and first deliveries in UK will happen in May 2014.