Those of you in-the-know with regards to the goings-on in Stuttgart will recall the 2014 return to a more “classic” Porsche 911 Targa, with a folding cloth roof and broad “Targa bar” framing the front edge of the rear glass.
Well, according to a press release, this contemporary Porsche 911 Targa has been decreed a “future classic” by the Golden Classic Steering Wheel award committee. Porsche 911 Model Series Product Director August Achleitner received the award with Head of the Porsche Museum Achim Stejskal, and the former stated: “The title of ‘Classic of the future’ is a great honour for us, but it also challenges us to work on the classic Targa theme with tremendous passion and to reinterpret it for the future.”
The Porsche 911 Targa won in the category of Cabrios and Roadsters, and beside recalling the delicious look of the original Porsche 911 Targa of old, introduced a new, revolutionary roof-top folding system. Where owners of the original had to remove, fold and stow the cloth roof panel by hand, this contemporary Targa has an automated rear tonneau cover that flips back, and accommodates the cloth top as it is folded rearward and downward by another motorized system. If you haven’t seen it, it’s really freaking cool.
The Porsche 911 Targa shares its “Cabrios and Roadsters” honors with another Porsche: the 356 Roadster – though that’s obviously a classic of the past.