The more things change

The iconic Targa stays the same. In a good way ...

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Prestige News -

IT takes only a quick glance to know what the new Porsche 911 Targa is about.

The styling of the open-air sports car is drawn di­rectly from a 1970s orig­i­nal, right down to the metal trim on the roof pil­lar and fab­ric cov­er­ing for the panel over the seats.

But ev­ery­thing else has changed, from the ba­sic chas­sis to a pow­ered roof panel that mo­tors up from be­neath the hinged rear glass.

It’s an im­pres­sive look and an im­pres­sive ef­fort for a car that has never been the most pop­u­lar model in the 911 line. It also shows the right way to do retro, pick­ing up the in­spi­ra­tion but not the fine de­tails.

“Yes, the sales rate has been low in the past. The Targa has had a lim­ited ap­peal, with a per­cep­tion that there was not enough prod­uct dif­fer­ence from other 911 mod­els,” says Porsche Cars Aus­tralia spokesman Paul El­lis .

“But the new Targa has a ma­jor role in the model line be­cause of its di­rect link to the orig­i­nal. It’s also a great looker and could be­come the open-top 911 of choice for some — though it does carry a pre­mium.”

The base price is $247,900 for the all-wheel drive 3.4-litre flat-six (257kW) and the 4S with 3.8 litre (294kW) from $285,100. Both have the same wide track and pumped-out haunches of other all-paw 911s.

The sev­enth-gen­er­a­tion Targa, un­veiled at the Detroit mo­tor show, joins the 911 Cabri­o­let with its full fresh-air pack­age. There is the prom­ise of a 4.8-sec­ond sprint time to 100km/h for the base car and 4.4 sec­onds for the 4S.

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