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1996 - 1998 Porsche 911 Targa (993)

1996 - 1998 Porsche 911 Targa (993) Exterior
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The Porsche 911 (993) was not only the last of the air-cooled 911s, but it also marked the return of the Targa models. Check out our look back at this icon at TopSpeed.com.
  • Porsche 911 Targa (993)
  • Year:
    1996- 1998
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    281 @ 6100
  • Torque @ RPM:
    251 @ 5250
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    5.4 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    171 mph
  • 0-100 time:
    12.3 sec.
  • Price:
    50000 (Est.)
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Produced between 1993 and 1998, the 993 was the last of the air-cooled Porsches, making it a favorite amongst hard-core 911 extremists for its similarities to the original late-60s 911. For those five short years, it was only within the final three that Porsche created its Targa variant. In the time leading up to its release, Stuttgart claimed that it would not produce such a model, but as soon as 1995 rolled around, there it was, featuring a convertible body with a retractable glass roof.

The 993 breached the market just as Porsche was beginning its slow recovery from a series of financial troubles wrought by the recession of the late 80s and early 90s. The German automaker desperately needed a hit, and thankfully, the 993 delivered.

For many folks, the 993 represents a final expression of purity in motoring experience, with a dearth of driving aides and electronic supervision provided for those behind the wheel. The horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine is mounted in the correct place, and even though the suspension was updated, anyone who took a corner with any kind of alacrity was advised to keep his or her foot down. A novice-move like lifting mid-corner was usually something that would end with a pirouette into the surrounding terrain, which is just one reason fans love this vehicle.

Given the “last is best” mentality of buying an historic sports car, the 993 is highly desirable in the used-car market, with the rare Targa model even more so. It’s certainly a favorite amongst Porsche lovers, and well-maintained examples often command a surprisingly high price tag.

As technology continues its relentless march into infinity, with hybrid systems, autonomous-driving, and alternative fuels eventually permeating each and every vehicle niche out there, that price will no doubt continue to rise, lending further credit to the 993 Targa’s claim to automotive sainthood.

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New Porsche 911 GTS Now Has Turbochargers, Gets More Power

New Porsche 911 GTS Now Has Turbochargers, Gets More Power

Bittersweet to see that naturally-aspirated engine go

You can make a good case that the Porsche 911 family already has enough models. Then again, it’s the Porsche 911, arguably the most iconic model in the entire auto industry and considering its status in the business, there really aren’t enough 911 versions to go around. Good news then for 911 aficionados because the updated version of the 911 GTS, and all of its subsequent variants, finally arrived at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show.

The big news with the new range of 911 GTS models comes in two fronts. The first is the car’s styling, which benefits from the aesthetic updates that was first introduced in the facelifted 911. The updated headlights and taillights are the most prominent of these upgrades, but they’re not the only ones either. The new 911 GTS also features a new SportDesign front splitter, a larger rear spoiler, smoked headlight lenses, a cosmetic stripes between the taillights, and a new set of 20-inch, center-locking black wheels for rear-wheel drive versions of the car. Likewise, the interior also gets a serving of tweaks, including four-way electrically adjustable seats and splashes of Alcantara spread throughout the cabin’s surface.

A new engine with a pair of turbochargers is the other notable update for the new 911 GTS. Whereas pre-facelifted versions of the car came with naturally-aspirated 3.8-liter flat-six engine that produced 420 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque, Porsche ditched the whole engine entirely and replacing it with a smaller, albeit turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six that packs a total output of 450 horsepower and 406 pound-feet of torque. That not only represents power gains amounting to 20 ponies and 62 pound-feet of twist, it also helps round out Porsche’s 911 range with a family of variants that can now sit between the Carrera 4 lineup and the range-topping 911 Turbos.

That’s the obvious appeal of having updated versions of the 911 GTS. The fact that the model is also getting an updated design and a new turbocharged engine is proof enough that there really can’t be too much 911s in the market today.

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

Porsche Exclusive brings some subtle changes to the Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition

Porsche considers the 911 Targa a “modern classic,” and as such, it should come as no surprise that Porsche Exclusive has come up with a special edition for the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix that is taking place at the Nürburgring between August 12 and August 14. As is the usual case with Porsche special editions, there isn’t really a whole lot of standout changes, but there are some subtleties that make it special in its own way. The biggest highlight is the Etna Blue finish that was used as the standard color for the 1960 and 1961 T5 356 B.

What really makes the car stand out more than anything, really, is the fact that once it is assembled, it is shipped off to Zuffenhausen to have all the fine details hand finished before heading to its new owner. Furthermore, when purchased, the car comes with its own indoor car cover and a bound photo album the provides full documentation of the car’s entire development process. Of course, that is the least Porsche can do given the fact that it will probably come at a pretty hefty premium over the cost of the standard 911 Targa.

Well, before I ramble on too much here, let’s take a closer look at the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Design Edition.

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XCAR Reviews The 2016 Porsche 911 Targa GTS: Video

XCAR Reviews The 2016 Porsche 911 Targa GTS: Video

The 2016 911 Targa might have the craziest, most over-engineered roof mechanism of any car we’ve ever seen. Previous Targas had roof panels that were removable by hand or, more recently, glass roofs that slid under the rear glass. But like a Transformer that’s possessed the greenhouse of 991-generation 911, this new Targa’s roof is lifted up and back in series of mechanical gymnastics that beggar belief and then stowed under the clamshell rear glass.

Our friends at XCAR got their hands on a new Targa in GTS trim, and found that in addition to its amazing roof, it’s also an exceptional car that can be just about anything to anyone. Thanks to the Targa’s standard all-wheel-drive, it’s nearly as surefooted on snowy roads as it would otherwise be on the Pacific Coast Highway in June, and the bump in power over the Carrera S to 430 horsepower put it almost on par with the GT3 in terms of straight-line pace. But, it’s also comfy, cosseting and does pretty good impressions of both a convertible and a hardtop. XCAR also points out that (next GT3 aside) this is also one of the last normally aspirated new 911s that we will ever see. The entire range of 991.2 911s is getting turbochargers.

Checkout the video, and then check it out again to can comprehend how that roof works.

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4

2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4

Porsche is giving a mid-cycle refresh to its cornerstone 911 lineup, and while we saw the updated 991.2-generation in RWD form last September, it’s time for the AWD variants to get some love. That includes the stylish Targa-tops, which get the same revisions as their RWD counterparts, including mildly modified styling, the latest infotainment gear, and most importantly, a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six engine.

Thanks to a healthy serving of boost, this new powerplant offers both higher output and greater efficiency compared to the outgoing model. And when paired with four-wheel grip, the AWD 911s will actually out-accelerate their RWD counterparts, a first in the model’s history.

So then – new looks, new tech, AWD traction, and a new engine, plus all the latest go-fast goodies Porschephiles have come to expect over the years. And topping it all off is that classic semi-convertible roof.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Porsche Targa 4.

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Porsche 991 Targa 4S Driven On The French Coast: Video

Porsche 991 Targa 4S Driven On The French Coast: Video

With the introduction of the Type 991 911 Targa, Porsche marked a return to the older body style for the nameplate. Although the original Targa was only built because Porsche believed that the NHTSA was on the verge of outlawing conventional convertibles, the body style has picked up quite a few fans over the years, and these fans are overjoyed to see the design back in showrooms. Among these fans is Marchettino, an Italian blogger and creator of many fine supercar-themed videos. He is seen here driving a new Targa in France and then (more importantly) in Monaco.

The streets of Monte Carlo are set up already for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, and Marchettino does a bit of driving on the course, including the famous tunnel. He does get to do some fast driving, but not in the city, as the F1 course hasn’t quite been set up to the point where it is closed to all other traffic. But one of the more important moments of the video to watch for is when he is driving around in Monte Carlo, people a looking and taking pictures of the car. Even here, where supercars are the norm, the Targa can still turn heads.

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1996 - 1998 Porsche 911 Targa (993)

1996 - 1998 Porsche 911 Targa (993)

Produced between 1993 and 1998, the 993 was the last of the air-cooled Porsches, making it a favorite amongst hard-core 911 extremists for its similarities to the original late-60s 911. For those five short years, it was only within the final three that Porsche created its Targa variant. In the time leading up to its release, Stuttgart claimed that it would not produce such a model, but as soon as 1995 rolled around, there it was, featuring a convertible body with a retractable glass roof.

The 993 breached the market just as Porsche was beginning its slow recovery from a series of financial troubles wrought by the recession of the late 80s and early 90s. The German automaker desperately needed a hit, and thankfully, the 993 delivered.

For many folks, the 993 represents a final expression of purity in motoring experience, with a dearth of driving aides and electronic supervision provided for those behind the wheel. The horizontally opposed, six-cylinder engine is mounted in the correct place, and even though the suspension was updated, anyone who took a corner with any kind of alacrity was advised to keep his or her foot down. A novice-move like lifting mid-corner was usually something that would end with a pirouette into the surrounding terrain, which is just one reason fans love this vehicle.

Given the “last is best” mentality of buying an historic sports car, the 993 is highly desirable in the used-car market, with the rare Targa model even more so. It’s certainly a favorite amongst Porsche lovers, and well-maintained examples often command a surprisingly high price tag.

As technology continues its relentless march into infinity, with hybrid systems, autonomous-driving, and alternative fuels eventually permeating each and every vehicle niche out there, that price will no doubt continue to rise, lending further credit to the 993 Targa’s claim to automotive sainthood.

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2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche has a very predictable model lineup. For decades, the German company has released a 911, then followed that with a set of variations that alternate between coupes, convertibles, rear-wheel-drive models, all-wheel-drive models models, Targa, Turbo and various horsepower iterations of standard, S and GTS. Despite a wide array of models, one 911 that has never existed is a Targa version of the powerful naturally aspirated 911 GTS with all-wheel drive. That all changed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with the 911 Targa 4 GTS.

The Targa 4 GTS 911 is exactly as it sounds. Porsche has taken the classic Targa with its removable roof panel, but has fitted it with the powerful 430-horsepower, flat-six engine and Porsche’s advanced AWD system. The GTS is a great model for buyers who want the roofline and strength of a coupe, but want the open-air experience afforded by a convertible.

Thanks to a host of included bonus options inside and out, the new Targa 4 GTS is the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious naturally aspirated Targa 911 you can buy as of 2015.

Updated 02/02/2015: Porsche unveiled a new video showing the new Targa 4 GTS in action. Enjoy!

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2016 Porsche 911 Targa

2016 Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche introduced the 911 Targa back in 1967, four years after the regular 911 went on sale. Unlike the coupe, the Targa came with a removable roof section, a full rollbar behind the seats, and a fixed rear window. The Targa name is a registered trademark of Porsche AG, but other manufacturers have used the concept as well, including Ferrari, Dodge, Bugatti or Chevrolet. Targa body styles continued to be offered with mostly each facelift or redesigned 911, although these versions were less popular than the coupes and the cabriolets. The 991 series received its Targa variant for the 2014 model year, two years since the revamped 911, this time using a brand-new platform, arrived in U.S. dealerships.

As we’re moving closer to the 2015 model year, the Germans are working on a revised version of the 911 Targa, which is set to arrive alongside the facelifted, 992 version of the current 911. The update brings many visual changes, as revealed by the latest spy shots we receive from our trusted paparazzi, but modifications are likely to occur under the skin as well.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Facelift.

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2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

2014 Geneva Motor Show Preview

Time has grown short in our wait for the 2014 Geneva Auto Showto begin in the little Swiss city of Geneva. The main media festivities are set to take place March 4th and 5th with the show remaining in full swing throughout the week for the general public. There will be plenty of new cars debuting for the first time along with numerous cars with minor updates.

While the actual list is incredibly long, we’ve compiled a condensed version of the main vehicles on display that are either new or show a significant update over their outgoing counterpart. As the event rolls on, we’ll be bringing you the brand new information straight from the automakers regarding their latest models. Be sure to watch out for news on the Infiniti Q50 Eau Rouge’s powertrain, Subaru’s plans with the Viziv 2 Concept, and if Volkswagen will bring their Golf GTE to the United States.

Click past the jump for all the info on the 2014 Geneva Auto Show

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2015 Porsche 911 Targa Turbo

2015 Porsche 911 Targa Turbo

The 911 Targa came, and we loved what we saw. With 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque in tow, however, there was lots of room to grow. According to sources in the know, the 911 Targa Turbo will make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show.

This means that the removable-top sports car is primed to receive a 520-horsepower, 3.8-liter flat-six engine, and may even hit 360 horsepower if Porsche gives the Targa treatment to the Turbo S model. Now this is what we have been waiting for!

There is no confirmation of the 911 Targa Turbo , but according to Jalopnik, the source reporting this news is quite reliable. We’ll keep an eye on the 911 Targa Turbo , and pass more information on once we get some more in-depth information.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 911 Targa Turbo and about the current 911 Targa.

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2014 Porsche 911 Targa

2014 Porsche 911 Targa

For quite some time now, rumors have been swirling around Stuttgart that Porsche would resurrect the Targa body style for the all-new, seventh-gen 911. In the past few months, these rumors have gained a little steam, as folks equipped with video cameras caught a Targa top hidden beneath a faux fabric top.

Now, the new-generation 911 Targa made its world debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, confirming all the previous rumors. The new model represents the return to the original 1965 design, with a wraparound rear window and a removable front roof section. There’s a little difference though between this model and the original one, as the modern version’s roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds.

The new 911 Targa will be put on sale this summer at a starting price of $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S version.

Updated 01/13/2014: This review was updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 01/20/2014: Porsche unveiled two new promotional video for the new 911 Targa in which it reveals new features from the model. Enjoy!

Updated 02/07/2014: Porsche unveiled a new set of images for its latest addition to the 911 lineup: the new Targa, in both 4 and 4S versions. Check the picture gallery for the new images.

Click past the jump to read more about the new Porsche 911 Targa.

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Video: New Porsche 911 Targa Caught Testing With its Fake Soft Top

Video: New Porsche 911 Targa Caught Testing With its Fake Soft Top

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.

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2014 Porsche 911 Targa may not happen after all

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.

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TopSpeed Rendering: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

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.

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2010 RUF Roadster

2010 RUF Roadster

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).

Press release after the jump.

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TechArt Aerokit I for 997 Carrera/Targa

TechArt Aerokit I for 997 Carrera/Targa

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
regulation.

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2009 - 2010 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S

2009 - 2010 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S

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.

Press release after the jump.

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911 Carrera and Targa 4 get new Sports Exhaust System

911 Carrera and Targa 4 get new Sports Exhaust System

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.

Press release after the jump

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Porsche Targa facelift will debut on July 28

Porsche Targa facelift will debut on July 28

After the 911 Carrera and the Carrera 4 next to be unveiled will be the Targa facelift, on July 28.

Same as the other two 911 model, the Targa will feature LED daytime driving lights and bi-xenon headlights, Porsche’s double-clutch gearbox and increased power.

Stay tuned for more details!

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Porsche Targa 4 wins "Best of the Best" Award

Porsche Targa 4 wins "Best of the Best" Award

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 experts (...)

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2007 Porsche Targa

2007 Porsche Targa

In November 2006, Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG of Stuttgart, Germany, will be offering dealers two new variants of the eleven series at the same time - the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S. Never before seen: for the very first time, the Targa models will be available exclusively with permanent all-wheel drive and a body that is 44 millimeters wider at the rear.

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2007 Porsche Targa on sale in USA

2007 Porsche Targa on sale in USA

Porsche Targa 4 and 4S will make its official North American debut at Los Angeles Auto Show, next week, but before being official it is allready on sale at the USA Porsche dealers.
The 911 Targa it is available only with permanent all-wheel drive and a rear body profile that is 44 millimeters (1.73 in.) wider than the standard 911 Carrera.
The Porsche Targa 4 it is powered by a flat-Six Boxer engine, delivering 325 horsepower from 3.6 liters. A true sports car, the 911 Targa 4 will (...)

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Porsche Targa: new mini-site and prices

Porsche Targa: new mini-site and prices

Porsche has launched a minisite for the new Targa, the Skydriving.
In here you can find some nice info about the new Targa. Also the prices for the new model are available: The Porsche Targa 4, manual gearbox: 85700$ and the Targa 4S, manual gearbox: 95900$.

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2001 - 2004 Porsche Targa (996)

2001 - 2004 Porsche Targa (996)

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