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2014-01-14 14:27

CLASSIC DROP-TOP 911 : Porsche’s 911 Targa makes its debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. Image: NEWSPRESS

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DETROIT, Michigan - Porsche has presented the 911 Targa, the latest addition to its iconic 911 sports coupe family, at the 2014 North American International Auto Show.

While enthusiasts will recognise cues from the classic Targa concept pioneered by Porsche in the 1960's the latest model has the automaker’s latest roof technology.

GALLERY: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

As with the original 911 Targa, the 2014 model  has a characteristic wide bar in place of the B pillars behind the doors, a movable roof section above the driver and passenger and a wraparound rear window.


Unlike classic models, the roof segment can be opened/closed at the push of a button. Porsche all-wheel drive is standard.

The car has much in common with the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet; the technology and body are identical. The combination of the wide rear body, typical of all-wheel drive 911's, the Targa roof bar and the domed rear window create a low-slung profile that gives the latest 911 an assertive appearance.

The Targa roof has always been a distinctive hallmark of this 911; the new roof has two movable parts - a soft top and a glass rear window. The roof takes 19 seconds to open or close and can only be operated while the vehicle is stationary. A wind deflector can be erected manually when the top is down.


The new Targa comes in two versions with all-wheel drive and seven-speed manual as standard - 911 Targa 4 and 4S.

The range-topping Targa 4S is powered by a 294kW 3.8 flat-six and can reach 0-100km/h in 4.4sec to a top speed of 296km/h.

The Targa 4 has a 257kW 3.4 flat-six and can reach 0-100km/h in 4.8sec and go on to 282km/h.

Standard equipment on each model includes leather upholstery, sports seats, auto aircon, xenon headlights, 17cm colour touch-screen with satnav nd digital radio, and a three-year warranty.

The 911 Targa 4S adds 20" alloys, Porsche active suspension and torque vectoring with a limited-slip differential.


Porsche unveiled its 911 Targa, the world's first “safety cabriolet”, in September 1965 at the Frankfurt auto show. With its fixed rollover bar, removable folding roof and hinged rear window, this new variant was developed primarily in response to tighter safety legislation in America.

The name Targa is derived  from the famous Targa Florio race and since the mid-1960's has been synonymous with the open-driving concept which was new at the time.

Production began towards the end of 1966 with the market launch of the 911 Targa in 1967. This roof concept was enhanced from one 911 generation to the next over 27 years during which this semi-open variant acquired the status of a standalone vehicle concept in the Porsche range, becoming the model of choice for one in 10 911 buyers.

For the 1996 model year Porsche presented a fully revised version of the 911 Targa (‘Type 993’). The entire roof was glass, with a sliding glass cover above the driver and front seat passenger that could be lowered and retracted beneath the hinged rear glass window.

20 years after the last 911 Targa with the classic rollover bar style (based on the ‘Type 964’) was discontinued,the latest ‘Type 991’ generation of the 911 Targa once again takes this unique design concept into the future.

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