This Porsche 911 Targa is a new version of the iconic sports car that's designed to offer fresh-air motoring for those not willing to go for the full cabriolet.
The 911 Targa gets a fabric central roof section, a silver 'Targa bar' that runs across the car just behind the front passengers' heads, and a single-piece wrap-around rear screen. The roof mechanism opens up the Targa bar, slides back the rear windscreen, folds the fabric roof into a Z-shape and then stows it behind the back seats before moving the screen back into place. The process takes around 19 seconds.
The new model comes in two versions, both four-wheel drive. The Targa 4 gets a 345bhp 3.4-litre six-cylinder engine, enough to take it from 0-62mph in 5.2sec – or 5.0sec if you choose the optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. A Sport Chrono package is available as a further option; it quickens the shifts, bringing the 0-62mph time down to 4.8sec. The car emits 223g/km of CO2 with the seven-speed manual gearbox, and 204g/km with PDK.
The more potent Targa 4S gets a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine producing 394bhp. It can reach 62mph from rest in 4.8sec (4.6sec with PDK, and 4.4sec with PDK and Sport Chrono), and a maximum speed of 184mph. Its CO2 emissions are 237g/km with the manual gearbox, and 214g/km with the PDK.
Standard equipment on all 911 Targas includes leather interior, sports seats, automatic climate control, bi-xenon headlights, a seven-inch colour touch-screen with satellite-navigation, a DAB and an audio interface with MP3 connectivity. All Targa buyers also get a free driving course at the Porsche Experience at Silverstone.
The Targa 4S adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring, plus a limited-slip rear differential.
First deliveries of the 911 Targa are due in May, but the car is available to order now. The 911 Targa 4 costs from £86,281, while the Targa 4S starts at £96,316. Options should cost around the same as they do for the regular 911, so the PDK dual-clutch gearbox should add around £2400 to the bill.