Porsche 911 Targa

New for 2002, the Porsche 911 Targa expands on the concept of the previous model (1996-1997), which introduced a large power-operated sliding glass roof that slid under the rear window. The new 911 Targa otherwise shares the Turbo-inspired redesigned front end and new 320-horsepower (235 kW), 3.6-liter engine with the 911 Carrera models.

Opened by two silent electric motors, the 911 Targa’s sliding roof panel covers nearly five square feet. A wind deflector reduces turbulence, and a cloth sunblind automatically extends out beneath the roof panel when closed. A new hinged rear glass panel provides convenient access to the rear luggage compartment, which offers a little more space than the 911 Carrera Coupe (8.1 cubic feet vs. 7.1 cubic feet). All 911 models for 2002 benefit from a strengthened body structure. A unique upper body structure for the 911 Targa incorporates specially reinforced A-pillars and roof rails.

The 911 Targa shares the interior enhancements of the 911 Carrera models for 2002, including a three-spoke sports steering wheel and redesigned center vents. A Bose® digital sound system is a new option for 2002 Porsche models. The remote entry system controls seat memory function when the optional power seats are ordered.

Porsche enlarged the displacement of the six-cylinder 911 boxer engine from 3.4 to 3.6 liters and increased horsepower from 300 to 320. Peak torque increases to 273 lb.-ft. (370 Nm) at 4,250 rpm (from 258 lb.-ft. [350 Nm]) at 4,600 rpm), with at least 236 lb.-ft. available from 2,500-7,000 rpm. The new VarioCam® Plus valve timing and lift system – similar to that used on the 911 Turbo – helps boost torque. The 911 Targa can accelerate from zero-to-62 mph (100 km/h) in 5.2 seconds.

Safety technology includes a patented crumple-zone body structure, new seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters, dual front airbags, door-mounted side airbags, and anti-lock brakes (ABS). The optional Porsche Stability Management system (PSM) can detect a loss of grip at the front or rear and reduce instability by applying braking to individual wheels and, if necessary, altering engine power.

Source: Porsche press

Gallery: Porsche 911 Targa