It has been over a year since Porsche revealed the new 992-generation Porsche 911 with the Carrera S, Carrera and Cabriolet variants, as well as in the coveted Turbo (and Turbo S) versions.
Soon, however, other variants of the 911 will be making their official debut, completing the model lineup. While some are anticipating the more powerful GT3 model's release, the German marque instead revealed the version with the removable top: the 911 Targa.
The 911 Targa is one of the most classic 911 variants, having first been available since 1965; just a few years after the first-ever 911 model officially debuted. The Targa offers a perfect mix between those who want open-air goodness but retaining the practicality of a coupe. Specifically, it retains the iconic 911 shape by retaining the roof as compared to the Cabriolet. At the same time, the roof can be “removed” to bring in some fresh air.
Below the window line, the 911 Targa retains the same design as that of the Carrera and Carrera. Its most prominent feature, however, would be the B-pillar or “targa bar” as Porsche calls it, finished in its signature silver color. Porsche, however, also offers it in black for those who want a sleeker design. In place of a traditional three-quarter rear glass, the Targa features a big wraparound glass design which is also heated. Meanwhile, the fully automatic roof can be open and closed in just 19 seconds.
Porsche offers the open-roof 911 in either Targa 4 or Targa 4S guise. Both variants use the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six found in its Coupe and Cabriolet counterparts which features 385 PS in the Targa 4 and 450 PS in the Targa 4S. With the Sport Chrono Package, the Targa 4 can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds while the Targa 4S can do it in 3.6 seconds. Top speed is rated at 289 km/h and 304 km/h for the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, respectively.
Both cars come standard with Porsche's 8-speed PDK transmission and four-wheel drive, hence the “4” nomenclature. The automaker's new 7-speed manual transmission is also available as an option.
With the 911 Targa already revealed, it won't be long now before the GT3 variant is officially revealed and Porsche fans can get their hands on it. But for those who want something stylish and with an open-top (aside from the Cabriolet), the Targa could be your choice.