Late last year, Porsche finally took the wraps off the redesigned 2020 911. As we found when we drove it a few months later, the new 911 Carrera S is “thrillingly fast, telepathically responsive, and wonderfully communicative. It’s all 911, all the time, yet more approachable and trustworthy at the limit than ever before.” Even if we’re not entirely sold on some of the styling changes, a review like that has us anxious to drive other variants. And based on what we can see of the prototype shown here, it won’t be long before Porsche introduces the new 911 Targa.
If you’re only in the market for a drop-top 911, Porsche has already said the 911 Carrera S and 4S convertibles will go on sale this summer. We’ve already seen those, and while we’re sure they’ll be great, the 911 Targa is the open-roof variant we’re most interested in. Is it necessary? Not really. Stowing the power-retractable top is an absurdly complicated process that involves the entire rear section folding backward, flaps in the Targa bar opening, and the cloth roof sliding behind the rear seats. But is it cool? Absolutely.
Odds are good that Porsche will only offer the new 911 Targa with all-wheel drive, just like it did with its predecessor. Specs and driving experience should match the upcoming 911 Cabriolet, which means we expect the Targa 4S to make 443 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque from its twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six. But since Porsche has yet to officially announce the 911 Targa, we don’t know when it plans to reveal the latest generation of its unorthodox drop-top.
With so little camouflage, though, it looks plenty production-ready to us. So can Porsche hurry up? We want to drive it.
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