2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: New Take on an Old Idea: Video [NAIAS]

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In 1965, Porsche developed the first 911 Targa with the intention of allowing for more stable and secure open-top motoring.  The wide Targa roof bar became the icon of that first Targa and all to follow despite numerous design changes.  Over the past fifty or so years, the targa top idea has caught on.  Hell, even the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 that debuted earlier today has a targa-style removable roof.

 

Now, there is a new Targa.  The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S debuted today in Detroit and the North American International Auto Show.  The 2014 Targa is a combination of old and new.  First, the old.  You may recognize that roof bar and curved rear window.  Porsche pays homage to the original 911 Targa with the throwback bar and window.

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Now, the new.  As with all Targas, the center roof panel above the passenger compartment opens to let the wind in.  But, unlike in the first Targa which had a removable roof section or with the last 911 Targa where the roof automatically slid down over the rear section, the roof of the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa automatically slides behind the rear seats, under the curved rear window with the push of a button.  It’s an incredibly elaborate and overly engineered process, but it looks cool.  Check out the video below of the 2014 911 Targa in action in front of a kindred spirit, the Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum.

 

Power for the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 comes from the expected 3.4-liter 6-cylinder which puts out 350 horses.  Add the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (or PDK) and Sport Chrono package and the Targa 4 gets up and going from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds.  The top “Track Speed” is 174 mph.  Opt for the seven-speed manual transmission and top speed jumps one whole mph to 175.  The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa S gets 400 hp from a 3.8-liter 6-cylinder.  Acceleration from 0-60 mph takes 4.2 seconds with PDK and Sport Chrono.  Top speed is 182 mph with the PDK and a slightly better 183 mph with the seven-speed manual trans.

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As indicated by the 4 and 4S in the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S, the car is meant to be a car for all seasons.  All-wheel-drive with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) for the winter and an open roof for the summer.  The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 will start at $101,600 while the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S starts at $116,200, not including the destination charge of $995. Deliveries are set to begin this summer.  I’m not a huge Porsche fan.  For the money, there are a slew of other cars out there.  But, the 911 Targa is an icon and Porsche did a good job with a new take on an old idea.  For more, visit the Porsche Targa site or check out the press release below.

Press Release

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 Press Release

Atlanta. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Porsche is introducing two new models to the 911 range: the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. These models are the first to combine the classic Targa concept with cutting edge, innovative roof technology. Just like the legendary original 911 Targa of 1965, the new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. But unlike the classic 911 Targa, the roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seats.

Both 911 Targa models exclusively come in AWD version, featuring the wider rear track and body, and the same Porsche Traction Management (PTM), found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models. It is an active all-wheel-drive system that helps to ensure the optimal distribution of drive power for optimum traction in most road scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners, or on surfaces with different friction coefficients. The combination of the wide body, the Targa bar, and the wraparound rear window results in an extremely sporty and low-slung profile.

The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a horizontally opposed 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine with 350 hp. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Targa 4 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and is capable of a top track speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual transmission). The 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S is capable of reaching a top track speed of 183 mph when equipped with a manual transmission and 182 mph with PDK.

The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600 while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200. Both cars also have a destination charge of $995. Deliveries of the 911 Targa in the U.S. are scheduled to begin this summer.

 

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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