New Porsche 911 Targa first pictures revealed

Porsche has unveiled the new 911 Targa at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, officially confirming the model’s return to its distinctive design roots with a full-width roll over bar and large wraparound rear screen.

First unveiled in 1965 (with the first cars released to the public in 1967) the Targa has recently been typified by its retractable glass roof, debuting on the 993 and further utilised on the 996 and 997-type 911s.

While the new Porsche 911 Targas design is decidedly classic, the technology is invariable cutting edge. Removable on previous models, the 991 Targa’s roof can be opened and closed at the push of a button.

Porsche 991 Targa 4S side

The rear window (connected to the convertible compartment lid) opens and tilts before the soft roof panel is released from the Targa bar, folding into a Z-shape. After the process is finished, the roof is stowed behind the rear seats.

Although unable to operate when the car is driving, the innovative roof system takes just 19 seconds to open or close.

As has been a feature of recent cars in the range, the new 911 Targa will only be available on the widebody Carrera 4 platform (with a Carrera 4S example also available).

Porsche 911 Targa roof schematic

The attention to detail is typically excellent, with the Targa bar featuring the three gills synonymous with the late-Sixties models. Further inspired by the original design is the ‘targa’ leitmotif underneath the gills.

Despite the inevitably heavier design of the Targa, with PDK and Sport Chrono, both the Targa 4 and Targa 4S are just 0.1s slower 0-62mph than their respective Coupe counterparts.

The new Porsche 911 Targa is available to order from OPCs now, with the first cars expected to arrive in May. The 911 Targa 4 starts from £86,281, with the Targa 4S priced from £96,316.

Porsche 991 Targa 4S roll hoop

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