Porsche stays classic with new 911 Targa

The original Porsche 911 Targa has been remade for the times. Porsche is paying homage to the Targas of the 1960s with its newest 911, unveiled today in Detroit.

True to form, the Targa top ranges from the windshield to a bar connecting the B-pillars, and is followed by a wraparound rear window. But unlike the Targas of yesteryear, the newest model has a top that can be removed with the simple press of a button. It’s one of Porsche’s most signature traits, adapted to fit the modern times. And it is, as expected, beautiful.

The Targa will offer two engines, both in all-wheel drive. The standard is the 911 Targa 4, featuring a 3.4-liter F-6 that makes 350 horsepower, while getting roughly 32 mpg. And one step up is the 911 Targa 4S, which is a 3.8-liter F-6 that makes 400 horsepower with roughly 30 mpg.  A 7-speed manual transmission is standard, though there is an automatic version as well.

But, like with all Porsches, the Targa is about beauty, and fun. The latest Targa is as pretty as the model has even been, with 20-inch alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlight adding a little bit of extra flair and panache.

Inside is Porsche’s flawless leather sport seats, as well as a 7-inch touch screen management and navigation system.

It’s hard to find anything wrong with a 911, and a 911 that pays homage to a defining sports car of nearly 50 years ago? That’s a winner in this back.


Photo Credit: Porsche

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