Well, now we have semi-official confirmation that the Targa variant will return, as one was caught again tooling around public roadways. What’s so different about this particular video, which you can see after the jump? Well, this one was caught with the center section of the Targa roof removed and donning the typical gloss-black paint that nearly all Porsche test vehicles wear. So, if Porsche is trying to hide this model, it is not doing a great job; however, if it is looking for free promotion from us media folks, it is doing a brilliant job!
As for what the 911 Targa will carry beneath its rear-mounted hood, well, we are as stumped as the next person. Chances are that it will return only in the 4 and 4S variants, which means it’ll likely pack two different engines. The Targa 4 would carry a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter H-6 engine, whereas the Targa 4S would eat up pavement with its 3.8-liter H-6 that produces 400 horsepower.
We can’t say for sure when the Targa model will arrive, but it looks as if the testing is pretty far along and there is still some time for Porsche to fit it into the 2014 model year 911s.
Update 10/3/2013: A leaked dealer presentation lifted some of the mystery from the 911 Targa. This leaked shows us that the 911 Targa will indeed be based on the 4 and 4S models, and that the roof will be an automatic deal that somehow stores itself well out of sight. There is no exact information on how this top will work, but at least it’s not the glorified moonroof that the last Targa model had. Also leaked is the price range of $100k to $150k, and that it will debut in Detroit next year. You can see the leaked images after the jump.(Jalopnik)
Click past the jump to read more about the 911 Targa and to see the latest spy video
The soon-to-be-resurrected Porsche Targa has been caught testing many times, but the only thing we could bring you were some spy shots. Now, YouTube user DrGumoLunatic managed to catch on video the car testing somewhere in the district of Stuttgart, Germany with nearly no disguise on.
As previously rumored, the new Porsche Targa will bring back the famous fixed targa roof option offered for the first time in 1965. This video definitely offers up some confirmation of these rumors, even though the prototype caught testing here tried to hide the targa roof under that fake soft top.
The 911 Targa should be offered with a 3.4-liter direct-injected flat-six engine that delivers a total of 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque. We anticipate the top trim level of the targa model to feature a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with an output of 400 horsepower.
With the testing phase well under way, we expect to see the new 911 Targa unveiled by the end of 2013.
A few months ago, there was a Porsche prototype caught testing that looked to be a Targa model disguised by a convertible top. At that point, we all though that Porsche was bringing back the famous fixed Targa roof option for the new generation 911 . However, according to Autoevolution, this may not be the case after all. They are quoting a Porsche insider saying that "the car maker is considering selling the new glass roof model as a special Carrera rather than a Targa."
More than likely, Porsche took the public’s level of interest into account and decided that the Targa would be better off as an option as opposed to a full blown model. That would mean that this version would still get both rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive configurations and the engines from both standard 911 Carrera and Carrera S models.
Previous rumors suggested that the 991 generation Targa would arrive in 2013 as a 2014 model, so we expect the new Targa option to have the same timeline.
Last week, we brought you the first spy shots of the upcoming Porsche 911 Targa and today, we’re bringing you a rendering inspired by those spy shots. As you probably remember, the new generation 911 Targa will bring back the famous fixed Targa roof option offered for the first time in 1965. The spy shots taken last week showed Porsche’s attempt to hide this feature, but upon closer inspection, the model hidden under it was pretty clear. Our rendering strips the vehicle of its camouflage to reveal the Targa roof further.
Under the hood, Porsche will place the same engines found in all of the new 911 models. This means we will see a 3.4 liter flat-six engine with 350 HP for the base version and a 3.8 liter flat-six with 400 HP for the 4S version. Both engines will be mated to Porsche’s new optional seven-speed PDK gearbox.
Expect to see the new Porsche 911 Targa launched in 2013.
We can imagine that car tuners, being car fanatics themselves, always have little projects in the back of their heads of cars they would like to recreate with a modern twist. They have the tools and the knowledge, so the build is just a matter of time and demand. Expert Porsche tuners, RUF, have delved into that part of their cranium and have pulled out the new RUF Roadster based on the 1967 Porsche Targa .
The new RUF Roadster has an aerodynamically optimized, lower rear window and two extremely light, removable roof pieces made of carbon fiber. The "soft" rear window is made of a three-layer polyglass and an electric engine keeps the rear window tight.
Under the hood RUF provided a choice of two engines: a 400 HP six cylinder boxer engine or a turbo with 560 HP. These engines will be mated to either a a six speed gear box or a dual clutch gearbox with four-wheel drive available as an option.
The whole package is finished by 19" forged aluminum wheels in a five-spoke design.
The RUF Roadster will be built in a limited number in 2011 and will be sold for Euro 195.000 (or $270,000 at the current exchange rates).
We know that Porsche Carrera and Targa are already good looking cars, but if you feel like customizing them a bit TechArt has the right program for you.
For the exterior the tuner is offering a front spoiler with braking cooling ducts, front grille inserts, side skirts, mirror inserts, headlight rings, a roof spoiler and a choice of three different wings (Rear Wing I, Rear Wing III, or Rear Wing IV). And to finish up in style you can also choose from Formula I, II, or the new light-weight one-piece forged Formula III wheels.
For the interior TechArt is offering leather and all kinds of select materials, tastefully coordinated colors, a sense of design with unmatched precision and craftsmanship.
To improve the car’s performances the tuner is also offering new coil-over suspensions, steel-flex brakes lines that ensure an optimal pressure point at a consistent pedal force and an easy brake force
The German sports car maker Porsche first unveiled the Targa in 1967 featuring a removable roof panel designed in response to concerns that the tightening U.S. safety restrictions would ban convertibles. The 2009 Porsche Targa 4 remains absolutely unique and truly exceptional wit its full glass roof, both the Targa 4 and 4S are on sale with prices starting at just $92,100 and $103,100 respectively.
Under the rear deck lid Porsche has placed a 3.6 Liter flat six rated at 345 HP in the four wheel drive version and a 3.8 liter delivering a total of 385 HP in the 4S. The Targa 4 can hit a top speed of or 176 MPH, while the 4S goes up to 184 MPH. At the same time fuel consumption for the 3.6 Liter model has been improved to 26.6 MPG and the 3.8 Liter unit is now good for 25.7 MPG.
Both models are available with the new Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double clutch gearbox with no less than seven forward gears that allows the new Targa to accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in exactly 5.0 seconds while the Targa 4S makes the trip in an even faster 4.7 seconds. In either case it is 0.2 seconds faster than the standard manual gearbox.
To get the most out of a Porsche exhaust system, it has to be tuned to a tone that would likely get its owners in trouble with noise ordinances in their well-heeled neighborhoods. But Porsche doesn’t want its enthusiasts to drive tames cars, and it developed a new adjustable sports exhaust system for the Carrera and Targa 4 .
The heart of the system is the exhaust flap on each main silencer activated by the engine’s electronic control system and switching over to a more sporting sound as soon as the driver activates the sound mode. The system itself is activated by a separate button in the center console varying the sound of the exhaust as a function of engine load, road speed and engine speed.
So the price to have all this control at your fingertips, a paltry $2500.
Today Porsche added a new award to the companies long list: the Targa 4 was awarded "Best of the Best" by the Red Dot Design Museum of the North-Rhine Westfalian Design Centre. This supreme award in one of the largest and most outstanding design contests in the world is presented by an international jury only to absolute top products acknowledged as “ground-breakers in their specific area.“ Out of more than 2,500 products entered, a mere 43 received this supreme stamp of quality, the (...) More