Ignore the pretend fabric: this is the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa, cold-weather testing in snow. It essentially splits the difference between the standard 911 Carrera coupe and the convertible model, with a polycarbonate or glass roof that can be fully removed for open-top motoring.
As was the case when we last spied a Porsche 911 Targa, it's clear the car will have a large removable panel that spans the entire width from the top of the windshield to the B-pillars. That fits in with what Porsche brass have intoned about the new car. At the launch of the current 911 Carrera in 2011, Porsche CEO Matthias Muller told us that the new Targa would have a larger removable roof panel than its predecessor. He said the outgoing model was more of a "big sunroof" that a true Targa top.
Other details present on this prototype car include the 911's optional Porsche Carbon Ceramic Brakes (indicated by yellow calipers), unique cutlines that show this car will have an opening rear hatch, and the wider rear bodywork associated with all-wheel-drive models. Another giveaway is the easily seen B-pillar roll bar that recalls the 964-generation Targa. The last 911 Targa, based on the 997-generation car, was available only in Targa 4 and 4S configuration, and we expect that trend will continue for the new 991-generation car.
With that in mind, we expect the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa will be offered with the same powertrains as the Carrera 4 and 4S: a choice of a 350-hp 3.4-liter flat-six engine, and a 400-hp 3.8-liter flat-six, with either a manual or dual-clutch transmission of seven-speeds.
We expect the 911 Targa to debut later this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so that it will be on sale by early next year.