Through evolution rather than revolution, Porsche has ensured its strange but exciting 911 has survived and thrived in the face of sometimes adverse market conditions. Over the many decades of its existence, however, some of its quirks have had to be killed off and while nobody will miss the air-cooled engines, some have missed the original Targa top.
While the previous generation 997 did offer a Targa model, it had non of the charm of the original models. That's all about to change with the 991-generation Targa. We've followed this car all though its development and now we have know exactly what it looks like, thanks to leaked patent images.
Just like the original 911 Targa, this new model has a black roof piece, silver roof pillar and plenty of curb appeal. The car clearly uses body panels from the Cabrio at the back and it appears a complex automated system takes the roof to the back, placing it right over the engine bay.
Both Carrera and Carrera S models will be available, this one being the 400 hp S model judging by the exhaust system used.
Porsche did not invent the Targa top, Triumph being considered to be the originator of the idea with its Surrey Top. But the Germans did make it popular and they are the reason everybody calls this design a "Targa".
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