For quite some time now, rumors have been swirling around Stuttgart that Porsche would resurrect the Targa body style for the all-new, seventh-gen 911. In the past few months, these rumors have gained a little steam, as folks equipped with video cameras caught a Targa top hidden beneath a faux fabric top.
Now, the new-generation 911 Targa made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show , confirming all the previous rumors. The new model represents the return to the original 1965 design, with a wraparound rear window and a removable front roof section. There’s a little difference though between this model and the original one, as the modern version’s roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds.
The new 911 Targa is offered in two configurations: 4 and 4S. The base version is powered by a 3.4-liter, six-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower, while the 4S version gets a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine with an output of 400 horsepower. The Targa 4 develops 287 pound-feet of torque and the Targa 4S pumps out 325 pound-feet of torque.
No details were revealed about the interior, but we expect it to be identical to all the other Porsche 911 Porsche 911s. Customers will get the usual center console moved up to the front with the high-mounted shift lever or gear selector, the classic instrument with five round instruments to guide the way, a high resolution, multi-function screen, a central rev counter, and an ignition lock to the left of the steering wheel.
The new 911 Targa will be put on sale this summer at a starting price of $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S version.