Porsche 911 Targa Is an Overly Complicated Homage [w/video]
As we discussed last week, the Porsche 911 Targa is a particular model that carries a lot of weight to Porsche faithful. The original Targa was basically a hedged bet by Porsche in 1960s on the presumption that convertibles would be outlawed in the US. The resulting car, with its removable top and bright silver rollbar was a hit, and for 2015 its back. There was a great deal of mystery around the nature of the top for this model, as the rear shell appeared to be solid glass, and the upper roof was cloth. To us, that signified a simple, effective removable top, but that could not be further from the truth.
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In fact, the rear glass section raises and the soft section slides rearward. But that’s not all– the silvery band in the center (an homage to the original Targa tops that had stainless steel covering a roll bar) partially slides away to allow the top to slide back.
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So, in conclusion, for a simple roughly 2’ by 5’ roof panel to move, the geniuses at Porsche made a massive glass window raise, and the visual cue that was once a solid piece is now a trick piece of engineering.
If it wasn’t for how good the damned thing looks, I’d be pulling my hair out.
The 911 Targa comes only as an AWD model. The base engine is a 350 horsepower 3.4-liter flat six, while the Targa 4S comes with a 3.8 flat six good for 400 horses. The 7-speed manual transmission is standard, while the PDK is optional.
That complicated top is going to set you back, as a Targa 4 starts at $101,600, and a Targa 4S $116,200.
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