Buzzkill alert, folks...
It looks as if the report that Porsche would reveal the 911 Turbo Targa was not true. AutoBlog had a conversation with Nick Twork, Porsche North America Product Communication Manager, about the report, and he said that the report is "Totally False."
Turns out that all we’ll see at Geneva is Porsche’s new 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR race cars. Sure those are both really cool, but nowhere near as awesome as a Targa variant of the 911 Turbo.
Despite the report that Porsche will not release this heap of turbocharged, roofless hotness, we still think that one will eventually make its way onto the market. With that said, we present to you the TopSpeed rendering of the 911 Turbo Targa, courtesy of our rendering extraordinaire, Pratyush Rout.
Creating the rendering wasn’t too hard, as we simply took the 911 Targa , and added in the typical Turbo design cues, including the wider hips, rear air intakes, and a few other tasty bits. This gives the 911 Targa the bad-ass look it deserves, so we can only hope that Porsche decides to release it in the near future.
Click past the jump to read why I think Porsche should/shouldn’t release the 911 Turbo Targa and a little about the existing 911 Targa.
Why Should Porsche Build It?
Well, to be honest, the only reason Porsche should think about releasing a 911 Turbo Targa is for lineup consistency. There is a coupe and cabriolet version of every 911 model, less the GT3 , so to have a Targa model shoved right in the middle is a little odd. Also, what does Porsche do when tons of people roll in wanting a Targa model, but need more than 400 horses?
Why Shouldn’t Porsche Build It?
This is easily answered with two words: brand dilution. The Porsche Cayenne was hard enough to stomach, but it had a place in the lineup; and the Panamera was even harder of a pill to swallow. Now we have the Macan to deal with, and that is really stretching it. So, to add in a half-convertible half-hardtop model to the 911 Turbo lineup may dilute the brand a little too much.
The 911 Targa lifted its massive rear glass and folded its roof for the first time in public at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Being based on the 911 4 and 4S models, the 911 Targa has two engine options. The base 4 model comes with a 3.4-liter flat six that cranks out 350 horsepower, which the 4S model comes with a 3.8-liter flat-six with 400 horsepower.
Until the news dropped today about the 911 Turbo Targa, we anticipated seeing it in Geneva this year, but that appears to be a no-go for now. Don’t give up hope just yet, as I have a feeling that this is not the last we’ll hear of the 911 Turbo Targa.