Porsche announced today that the successor to the 996-based Targa will arrive in dealerships this fall.
For the first time ever, the Targa will be exclusively an all-wheel-drive model. The 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S share powertrains with their Carrera 4 siblings, meaning that the Targa 4 gets the 3.6 L 325-horsepower flat six, and that the Targa 4S gets the 355-horsepower 3.8L powerplant. Performance-wise, the Targa 4 runs to 60 in 5.3 seconds and tops out at 174 mph. For the Targa 4S, those numbers are 4.9 seconds and 179 mph. As with other 911s, a six-speed manual is standard equipment, with Tiptronic S available on the list of options.
Visually, the Targa 4 sports the wider bodywork of the Carrera 4/4S and features an aluminum trim strip that follows the roofline, accentuating its familiar shape. This is a nice touch -- essentially a modern version of the "targa bar," which on early models was a brushed aluminum piece. It makes the car identifiable as a Targa from a distance.
The most obvious (and important) visual difference between the Targa and other 911s, however, is the two-ply, tinted glass roof. Seven seconds is all it takes for it to slide back and reveal a 4.8 square foot opening overhead. The roof system also features a semi-translucent powered shade for days when it's simply too warm to sit under the glass alone.
Wind noise and buffeting are kept to a minimum thanks to new seals when the roof is shut and a wind deflector when it's open. The roof itself is a little over 4 pounds lighter than the one featured on the previous model. Want the open-air experience without buying a 911 cabrio? This car should fit the bill nicely.
Pricing for the Targa 4 is set at $85,700 USD, while the Targa 4S will fetch $95,900 USD. They'll be in showrooms this November. Check out more details at the 911 Targa's official site.
(Additional information and photos after the jump)
July 17 2006
New all-wheel drive Porsche 911 Targa
The Latest Model In The Current 911 Series, The Glass-Top Targa To Be Offered Exclusively With Wide-Body Profile And All-Wheel-Drive
ATLANTA -- July 17, 2006 - Porsche today announced that the new 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S will go on sale in November, 2006. For the first time, the Targa models will be available exclusively with permanent all-wheel drive and a rear body profile that is 44 millimeters (1.73 in.) wider than the standard 911 Carrera®.
Porsche's Targa concept, originally launched in 1969 and named after the storied Targa Florio race, was the first car of its type to offer all the driving sensations of a convertible without sacrificing the benefits of a solid roof. Then and now, the Targa continues to evoke a distinct cache unlike any other sports car, conveying serious sports car performance with the free-spirited thrill of open-air motoring.
As with the previous Targa model, the most striking feature of the elegant sports car is the large, sliding-glass roof and glass rear hatch, which blend sleekly into the classic 911 lines while providing the Targa with its own unique personality. A polished, anodized aluminum trim strip runs the entire length of the roof frame, emphasizing the 911's classic silhouette.
The glass roof is not just a styling exercise, however, as it also provides for a light, airy interior. Moreover, the electrically operated roof panel can be retracted at all vehicle speeds in only seven seconds, revealing a spacious 4.8 square-foot (0.45 m/sq.) opening. Made of specially tinted two-ply glass, the new Targa's translucent top is 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg) lighter than its predecessor, and wind noise is kept low at higher road speeds by a newly developed sealing system. With the top open, turbulence within the cabin is also reduced by a wind deflector, encouraging open-roof motoring even at lower ambient temperatures. A semi-translucent, black-cloth sunblind provides protection from excessive sunlight, and both the glass roof and roller blind are operated by a rocker switch located on the center console.
Gas struts make it easy to open the upward-tilting rear window, providing access to over 8 cubic-feet (230 liters) of cargo capacity with the rear seats in the folded position. The tailgate can either be unlocked by a switch on the driver's-side doorsill or by the remote control button on the key fob.
The 911 Targa 4 is powered by Porsche's venerable flat-Six Boxer engine, delivering 325 horsepower from 3.6 liters. The Targa 4 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (0-100 km/h, 5.3 sec.) and reach a top test-track speed of 174 mph (280 km/h). The more powerful Targa 4S variant features a 3.8-liter engine producing 355 horsepower. This model sprints from 0 to 60 mph in only 4.7 seconds (0-100 km/h, 4.9 sec.), and has a top test-track speed of 179 mph (288 km/h).
Thanks to Porsche's VarioCam® Plus intake-valve control system, the Targa 4 develops maximum torque of 273 lb.-ft. at 4250 rpm. The 3.8-liter mill in the Targa 4S provides 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. In both of the new Targa models, power is routed via a standard six-speed manual gearbox with short, precise shift throws. Optionally, customers can choose Porsche's well-known five-speed Tiptronic® S automatic transmission, which allows gear changes via rocker switches mounted on the steering-wheel spokes.
As with the Coupe and Cabriolet versions of the Carrera 4 and 4S, power is transmitted to the pavement by a standard all-wheel drive system featuring a viscous, multi-plate clutch. Depending on driving conditions, the all-wheel-drive setup distributes between 5- and 40-percent of the engine's torque to the front wheels. The all-wheel-drive system ensures well-balanced proportioning of power in corners during spirited driving and improves traction on wet or slippery road surfaces.
The Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S go on sale in North America in November. Pricing for the new models in the U.S. and Canada is $85,700 (USD) and $119,100 (CAD) for the Targa 4, and $95,900 (USD) and $133,200 (CAN) for the Targa 4S.
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, GA, and its subsidiary, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd., are the exclusive importers of Porsche sports cars and Cayenne® sport utility vehicles for the United States and Canada. A wholly owned, indirect subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, PCNA employs approximately 300 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, service, marketing and training for its 214 U.S. and Canadian dealers. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in-class service.
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