The more things change
The iconic Targa stays the same. In a good way ...
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.