2014 Porsche 911 Targa First Look
New 911 Targa Marks a Return to Form
Believe it or not, there was a time in the mid-sixties where it looked like the convertible would be dead. The Department of Transportation was hinting that it'd be banning the sale of convertibles due to concerns about the safety of passengers in rollover accidents. Automakers weren't about to give up on convertibles, and they came up with ways to work around an impending ban. Some automakers went with T-Tops. Porsche helped invent the Targa top, which was unveiled on the 1965 Porsche 911 Targa. Almost 50 years later at the Detroit auto show, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa is the latest model to wear the now-legendary Targa name.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa marks a return-to-form for the model, which dates to 1965. Since the 993-series 911 in the early '90s, the 911 Targa has been little more than a 911 with a big sunroof. The new model marks a return to the Targa's original form, with a unique rounded rear windshield sitting behind the now iconic "Targa bar." Instead of the sliding glass roof, the new 911 Targa features an innovative folding cloth top that stores behind the rear seats, reserving the Targa's iconic roof line, while allowing the driver to stay seated inside the car.
The new 911 Targa's top works much the same way as the 911 Cabriolet's power-folding top does, with two moving parts: the cloth center roof panel, and the rear glass window, which is mounted on a clamshell door. When the button to open up the roof is pressed, two flaps inside the Targa bar open up, the top is folded into a Z-shape as the roof opens, and is then stored behind the rear seats. Once the top is stored, the flaps in the bar and the rear window close, giving the driver the open-air motoring experience. Porsche says the 2014 911 Targa's top takes 19 seconds to open and close while the 911 is stationary.
Powering the 2014 911 Targa 4 is Porsche's 3.4-liter F-6 that can be also be found in the 911 Carrera, Boxster S, and Cayman S. As in the Carrera, the Targa 4's F-6 makes 350 hp and 287 lf-ft of torque. The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S gets the same powertrain as our 2013 Best Driver's Car winner -- a 3.8-liter F-6 churning out 400 hp and 325 lb-ft of torque. Both a seven-speed manual and PDK seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will be available. As was the case with the last-generation Targa, all 2014 911 Targas will come standard with all-wheel drive.
According to Porsche, the new 911 Targa's performance is set to match that of the current 911 Carrera and Cabriolets. The 911 Targa 4 is expected to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.0 seconds with either the seven-speed manual or PDK selected, with that time dropping to 4.8 seconds on PDK-equipped cars with the Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S will accelerate from 0-60 mph in 4.6 seconds with the manual, or 4.4 seconds with the PDK. Zero to sixty performance will improve to 4.2 seconds with the Sport Chrono box checked. Top speed for the 911 Targa 4 is 174 mph with the PDK, or 175 mph with the manual. The 911 Targa 4S is limited to 182 mph with the PDK, or 183 mph with the manual.
The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 will start at $102,595, while the 2014 911 Targa 4S starts at $117,195, including the$995 destination fee. The 911 Targa 4 and 4S both cost a couple hundred dollars less than a comparable Carrera 4 model. The new Porsche 911 Targa goes on sale this summer.
|2014 Porsche 911 Targa|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||Rear-engine, AWD, 4 pass, 2-door coupe|
|ENGINE||3.4L/350-hp/287-lb-ft flat-6; 3.8L/400-hp/325-lb-ft flat-6|
|TRANSMISSION||7-speed manual; 7-speed twin-clutch automatic|
|CURB WEIGHT||3400 lb (est)|
|LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT||176.8 x 77.8 x 50.7-51.1 in|
|0-60 MPH||4.2-5.0 sec (Mfr est)|
|EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON||N/A|
|ON SALE IN U.S.||Summer 2014|