Matt Arruda – March 19, 2014

As Porsche celebrates 50 years of the 911 model, it’s fitting that that their latest re-creation of their iconic sports car has a retro flare to it.

While the Wide-body design that Porsche employs on their existing all wheel drive models is the same, the new Targa contains very obvious design elements that clearly separate it from any of its other 911 counterparts.

The first is a powered soft top that electronically lifts and slides back to a resting spot behind the rear seats and below the all new wraparound rear window. It’s a remarkably smooth and almost mesmerizing process that takes only 19 seconds to complete.

The second is in a response to a proposed US ban on all convertibles in 1965. Continuing its philosophy of form following function, Porsche implemented a magnesium rigid roll hoop. The ban never came to pass and while it did satisfy any safety regulations then, it’s a design element that has been re-introduced in the newest Targa and in the process, has made a distinct connection between the past and present.

Named after the  famous Italian Open Air Endurance Race, the Targa comes standard in all wheel drive and is available as a 3.4L flat-six engine capable of 350hp or a 3.8L in the Targa 4S model capable of 400hp. Both models are available in a dual clutch PDK transmission or a 7 speed manual transmission- the only vehicle in the world to do so. The Targa S has a top speed of 183mph and can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds.
At $115,900 and $132,600 for the Targa 4 and Targa 4S respectively, both Porsche models are set for delivery at Pfaff this June and have already affirmed their position as the next link in a long tradition of vehicles that continue to recognize and, more importantly, elevate all of the elements that made the generations before it so memorable.


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