Porsche announced today that a new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa will debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show next week. This model, with its removable roof panel, will continue the Targa tradition as a sort of in-between model bridging the gap between the standard 911 Carrera hardtop and the 911 Cabriolet.
Unlike the last generation of the 911 Targa which featured a glass retractable roof, this latest Porsche 911 Targa will return to the Targa’s roots that began with the original, 1965 911 Targa and its removable roof panel. This latest Targa follows suit by replacing the glass roof with the same type of fully-removable center roof sectionthat leaves open sky between the windshield and the B-pillars. Also making an appearance on the new 911 Targa is a wraparound rear window and the classic “Targa bar” at the B-Pillar. This confirms what we saw when we spied a 911 Targa prototype testing last year (pictured here).
Porsche is not yet releasing any other information about the 911 Targa, but we can only assume that it will use the same powertrains as the standard 911 Carrera. These engines include a 350-hp, 3.4-liter inline-six in the standard car and a larger, 3.8-liter inline-six in the S model that produces 400 horsepower; the seven-speed manual and PDK transmission choices from the 911 Carrera should remain the same as well. Since the last 911 Targa was only offered in all-wheel-drive 4 and 4S models, we expect this trend to continue for the 2014 911 Targa models.
Look for more information to come about the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa when it is officially revealed next week at the 2014 Detroit auto show.