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Moving forward by looking back. Porsche 911 Targa
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Moving forward by looking back. Porsche 911 Targa

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The Porsche 911 celebrated its 50th birthday last year and now we get the gift. On Monday, 13 January, Porsche took the cover off the latest iteration of this venerable nameplate, the 911 Targa 4.

Targa was first used in conjunction with the 911 back in 1967 in homage to the Targa Florio. Founded in 1906, Porsche dominated the race between 1956 and 1973 winning 11 times in those 17 years.

While this new Targa is an updated version of the original with its brushed metal roof bar and removable top. Unlike the original the roof is powered and stows neatly behind the rear seats under the bonnet at the push of a button. The entire operation takes just 19 seconds so you can easily remove the roof while waiting for the light to change.

While the original 911 Targa managed to make 96 horsepower from its 2.0 liter 6-cylinder engine, the 2015 base model boasts a 3.4 L six that generates 350 hp and the 4S version delivers 400 hp from its 3.8 L powerplant. It travels from 0-60 in 4.2 seconds and has a top speed of 183 miles per hour when equipped with a manual transmission. Both versions feature AWD for increased traction and stability.

The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600 while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200. We were told Porsche will start delivering the 911 Targa in the U.S. this summer.

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