2014 Porsche 911 Research Click to hide
The history of the Porsche 911 Targa is rather uninspiring. In 1967, the car was created to comply with proposed North American crash laws that would have effectively outlawed open top convertibles. But today, the Targa's half-coupe, half-convertible design is a tradition cherished by Porsche fans.
The all-new 2015 Porsche 911 Targa has the vestiges of its predecessor, but has significantly evolved. The new Targa also features a fixed roll bar crossing its center section that divides the body in two distinct sides. In front lies a power soft top roof that takes just 19 seconds to open while the back features a wraparound glass rear window. Smooth curves and sharp lines still adorn the body of the vehicle. But many things don't change: The new Targa's roll bar features three small vertical air vents, a detail that harkens back to the original 1967 version.
Two flat-six engine options are available for the 911 Targa. The first is a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine producing 350 horsepower. A more powerful 3.8-liter six ups the ante with 400 horsepower, helping it reach 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds when equipped with the PDK and Sport Chrono package.
Who It's For
Many people want to own Porsches, but buyers of the 911 Targa are a particular breed. These buyers are looking for a piece of tradition and the unique design that only this half-coupe, half-convertible provides. Those interested in the 911 Targa are also clearly interested in performance and an athletic driving experience, and they are willing to pay at least $101,000. Pricing for the more expensive 4S starts at $116,200.
Since it carries such tradition and nostalgia, the 911 Targa does not have any direct competitors. But buyers will also likely check out the spectacular Audi R8 or the more powerful Nissan GT-R. But the competition even includes cars like the new Corvette Stingray coupe, which also shares a certain legacy and features a partially-open top.
The 911 Targa comes with the following:
- Two flat-six engine options, paired with all-wheel drive and Porsche's PDK transmission.
- A 4.6-inch color instrument display in the gauges.
- Power-operated automatic soft top roof.
- Lightweight materials on that comprise the folding cloth roof panel.
What We Think
The new 911 Targa may not be revolutionary, but it retains the classic Targa image and adds a modern twist. Going back to the roll-hoop design of the first-generation 911 adds a nostalgic touch--something that will be appreciated by those who take Porsches seriously.
Certainly not cheap, 911s are fairly common in some areas of the U.S., almost as ubiquitous as Toyotas. The addition of a targa will help it stand out a little, and while we've seen camouflaged spy photos, we can't wait to see--and eventually drive--the finished product after it goes on sale this summer.
Back to Auto Show Coverage: Detroit 2014