Porsche hasn’t offered the fixed Targa roof option on the ever popular 911 model since 1996 when it got replaced by a sliding glass roof version on the 993 models. Before that, automakers were quivering at the thought of the Department of Transportation banning convertibles so the Targa roof was invented to beat the system. That fear ended up being entirely unwarranted and the Targa top, made popular by the Porsche Targa , started to fade off into the distance. Now, a couple of German magazines are jump-starting the rumor mill with whispers of a fixed roof Porsche Targa comeback for the new generation 911 . Could it be so?
The way we see it, the idea of bringing back the real Targa option isn’t very likely in today’s market. More of the concepts that are being brought out tend to have a more modern design and for a major automaker like Porsche to revive a concept that is way past its expiration date seems unlikely. We have a feeling that the current glass plates are here to stay. That being said, if Porsche were to go the vintage route and bring back the Targa option, it would be interesting to see its response. It could be a huge success, or it could leave people shaking their heads like they did when the Cayenne and Panamera first came out.
Either way, we expect to see the first models in the 911 line-up in September. At the point, we’ll get all of our answers as to Porsche’s decision on the matter. Stay tuned!
gallery: Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S