The current generation of the Porsche 911, the 991-generation includes about 15 models, and now another including a Targa version. The new Targa is inspired by the early 911 models of the 60s. This is easily recognizable from the aluminium style bar featuring three gills and Targa lettering.
It uses a combination of fabric-covered magnesium roof panels and a glass rear window (unlike 993, 996 and 997-generation Targa models, which featured a roof made entirely from glass). At the touch of a button the rear window tilts to allow the fabric roof to fold into a Z-shape and stow behind the rear seats. The wrap-around glass screen then closes to recreate a classic 911 Targa look. The whole process is said to take 19sec and can only be carried out when the vehicle is stationary.
Like the old 997 Targa, the new Targa is strictly all-wheel drive. Porsche’s 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre flat-six petrol engines are offered, with a seven-speed manual or double-clutch PDK gearbox.
The entry-level Targa 4 costs from £86,281, accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.8sec and has a top speed of 175mph. The £96,316 Targa 4S manages the benchmark sprint in 4.4sec and tops out at 184mph.
The model is on sale now, with customers expected to receive their cars in May.