Porsche 911 Targa Takes Its Roof Down in Detroit

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The 911 Targa is a legend of the automotive world, a car you'd expect 10-year olds to know about. However, the Targa-top offered on the older 911 model, the type 997, was nothing more than a coupe with a glass roof that moved.
Disappointment turned to excitement when everything changed this year, since Porsche has decided to unveil a brand new 911 Targa model, one which more than exceeds our expectations in terms of engineering and clever design.

We caught up with the car on the show floor of Detroit's COBO center and found it was everything we expected, both in terms of old-school charm and modern technology. All the moving parts of the Targa roof have an exaggerated dramatist, like one of those expensive transparent skeleton watches or a premium phone. Of course, that's the sort of stuff every Porsche fan likes.

The original 911 Targa came out because Porsche though normal convertibles would be banned in the US, due to high risks during a rollover. But that never happened and we were left with a design classic. The 2014 model year we saw in the Detroit is not a necessity, it's opulence on wheels.

As you can determine from our live photos, all Targa models have "4" written on the back and connecting red stripes between the taillights. That's because you can only buy thins car with all-wheel drive, either powered by the base 350 hp 3.4-liter boxer or the slightly more powerful 400 hp 3.8-liter unit. Both are offered with a choice of either manual or PDK, both 7-speed gearboxes.

If you're in no doubt that this is the car for you, know that order books are open with the Targa 4 starting at $101,600 and the Targa 4S at $116,200.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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