Porsche 911 Targa revealed

* Clever roof opens car up in 19 seconds * 3.4- and 3.8-litre models, both four-wheel drive * On sale now, deliveries start in May...

Porsche 911 Targa revealed

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 screen, folds the fabric roof into a Z-shape and then stows it behind the 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.

By John McIlroy