I have a confession to make. I’ve always – always – been a fan of the old Porsche 911 Targa. You know the one, the ‘lunch pail’ model that most 911 purists talk about with a tone of voice that could rarely be described as ‘fond’.
Photo above from Boldride, which has a nice article on the history of the Targa.
Not only is the old Targa usually more affordable than a Coupe of the same age, but there’s also something quite elegant about it, something appealing about the versatility. It’s probably not the 911 to buy if you want to properly learn the dark art of rear-engined driving, but it’s the exact 911 to consider if you want a more affordable 911 that’ll give you a wonderful afternoon on a country road somewhere.
Porsche has used the press days at the 2014 NAIAS in Detroit to unveil a new 911 Targa. The old Targa had a pull-out roof held in by a couple of clips. Of course, that arrangement is far too primitive for a modern Porsche so the whole Targa concept has become a mechnised party-trick.
Skip the architectural bollocks in the video below and go straight to the 45 second mark to see the roof in action. There’s also an animation at the 911 Targa microsite.
The 911 Targa will be a 2015 model and the full badging will be either the 911 Targa 4 or the 911 Targa 4S. The ‘4’ that’s common to both variants denotes 4WD, which is the only configuration available. The decision, then, is between whether you buy the ‘S’ or not.
The ‘S’ gets you a 3.8 litre engine with 400hp and the non-S car will have a 3.4 with 350hp. That’s plenty of poke in anyone’s language.
What do you reckon? Hot or Not?
I like the whole Targa concept on the right car and I’m quite sure Porsche will have sorted any concerns about chassis rigidity. I’m a fan.