991 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S stays to true to classic wraparound form

Porsche has unveiled the Targa version of its 991-generation 911 at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show and its carries over all the classic Targa styling cues, such as the wraparound rear windscreen and contrasting metal roof hoop.

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991 Porsche 911 Targa 4 (blue)
991 Porsche 911 Targa 4 (blue)


At the touch of a button, the canvas roof section between the windscreen and the silver roof hoop stows and raises itself automatically to/from a compartment located behind the rear seats.

Like before, the new Porsche 911 Targa is available only with four-wheel drive. In regular Targa 4 form the car is propelled by a 257kW 3.4-litre flat six, while the Targa 4S is powered by a 294kW 3.8-litre version of the flat six. Both models can be equipped with a 7-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission (PDK in Porsche-speak).

When equipped the optional Sport Chrono package the Targa 4 can race from 0 to 100km/h in 4.8 seconds and hit a top speed of 282km/h, while the Targa 4S can reach 100km/h in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 296km/h. Depending on transmission and other options, fuel economy and CO2 emissions vary: 8.7-9.5L/100km (or 204-223g/km) in the Targa 4, and 9.2-10L/100km (or 214-237g/km) in the Targa 4S.

The new 911 Targa goes on sale in continental Europe from May 2014, with the rest of the world to follow soon after.

Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]