Porsche has just introduced two new additions to its 911 range of sports cars for the 2014 model year at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit: the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. Just like the original 911 Targa in 1965, the new models feature the distinctive roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. But the original model couldn’t stow the Targa top behind the rear seats at the push of a button, a feat that the new 2014 991-Series 911 Targa can achieve without breaking a sweat.
Both of the 911 Targa models are only available in AWD, and feature the wider track and body as well as the same Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models. The active AWD system is always looking to ensure optimal drive power distribution for optimal traction in most driving scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners, or on surfaces with different friction coefficients.
Powering the 911 Targa 4 is a horizontally-opposed 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine making 350 horsepower. When equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Targa 4 can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds to a top track speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual transmission). Meanwhile, the 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-liter horizontally-opposed 6-cylinder engine, and accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S can reach a top track speed of 182 mph with the PDK (183 mph when equipped with a manual transmission).
When the new 911 Targa brings its classic style and innovative roof technology to dealerships this summer, it will have a starting price of $101,600 (for the Targa 4) and $116,200 (for the Targa 4S). Both cars have a $995 destination charge.