Porsche 911 Gains Trick Targa Top

What am I looking at?

This is the latest addition to the Porsche 911 range – the 911 Targa.

So what’s new?

From the floor ro the window line, absolutely nothing – it’s identical to the 911 Cabriolet. It’s above the window line where the magic happens.

The Targa is a sort of half-convertible, half-coupe affair. A fabric roof covers the gap between the windscreen and that large, silver B-pillar (a throwback to the 1967 original) but, at the touch of a button, it folds away into the space behind the rear seats to leave an open-topped coupe profile.

What powers it?

There’ll be two models available. The 911 Targa4 is powered by Porsche’s 3.4 litre flat six and produces 350 hp, while the Targa4S gets the 400 hp 3.8 litre. This pushes the S model 9mph faster than the entry model at 184 mph, and reaches 60 mph 0.4s quicker at 4.4s. Both models are, as the name suggests, four wheel drive and they can be equipped with Posche’s 7 speed PDK dual clutch gearbox.

Fuel consumption is identical to that of the Cabriolet models, ranging from 28.2 to 32.5 mpg, with CO2 ratings between 204 and 237 g/km.

How much will it cost me?

The manual Targa4 model starts at 86,281 while the manual Targa4S is priced at 96,316. There are plenty of options to push the price higher though – with that PDK transmission costing around 2,400 for starters.

Anything else?

The folding roof is quite a complex mechanism and takes around 19 seconds to go from one state to the other. Unlike the current vogue for on-the-fly rooftop operations, the Targa can only be switched while the car is immobile.

Any alternatives?

There’s nothing that’s really specific to the Targa as a direct alternative, but largely anything that can be cross-shopped with the 911 Cabriolet is a competitor. This sees usual suspects like Aston Martin’s V8 Vantage Roadster, Jaguar’s XKR or F-Type V8S and the Mercedes SL entering the picture.

In a line?

A stylish alternative to the ordinary convertible.

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