[dropcap]P[/dropcap]orsche is expanding the 911 line with two new models: the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. These new models are the first to combine the classic Targa concept with state-of-the-art roof technology.
[pull_quote_center]The fully automatic roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seat.[/pull_quote_center]
Just like the legendary original 911 Targa, the new models feature the distinctive Targa bar, a movable front roof section and a wraparound rear window. But un- like the classic 911 Targa, the roof segment can open and close at the push of a button.
UNDER THE BONNET – 3.4-LITRE 6-CYLINDER ENGINE
The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a horizontally opposed 3.4-litre 6-cylinder engine with 350 hp. Equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and the 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.
The 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-litre horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine; and is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with PDK and the Sport Chrono package.
The Targa 4S is capable of reaching a top track speed of 184 mph when equipped with a manual transmission and 183 with PDK.
EXTERIOR – THE FULLY AUTOMATED TARGA ROOF
The Targa roof system has always been an unmistakable hallmark of the 911 model. The new 911 Targa continues this tradition with an innovative roof concept. The roof is made up of two movable parts: a soft top and a glass rear window.
The rear window, which is attached to the convertible top, is opened and tilted rearward at the push of a button. At the same time, two flaps open in the Targa bar, releasing the soft top’s kinematics.
[quote_box_left]The convertible top is released, folded into a Z-shape as the roof opens and stowed away behind the rear seats.[/quote_box_left]
Once the top has been stowed, the flaps in the bar and the rear window close once again. The roof takes around 19 seconds to open or close while the vehicle is stationary. A wind deflector integrated in the windshield frame can be erected manually when the top is down.
INTERIOR – CLASSIC PORSCHE ERGONOMICS
The dashboard features the classic five round gauges with a centre tachometer and a high- resolution 4.6-inch colour display. The forward-sloping centre console is where the controls for the roof system are located among other features.
The roof is lined with black fabric and the Targa bar features black Alcantara. The convertible top compartment is behind the rear seat and together with the transverse strut serves to integrate the stowed convertible top into the cabin.
Even with the roof closed, the large curved rear window allows plenty of light into the interior, providing a unique feeling of space.
[quote_box_center]Deliveries of the 911 Targa are scheduled to begin in summer 2014. A brand new 911 Targa 4 will cost you around £86,281 ($101,600) and the 911 Targa 4S model – around £96,316 ($116,200) – www.porsche.com [/quote_box_center]