No, that's not a Type 991 Porsche 911 Cabriolet – look closely and you'll see the first true Targa since the model variant disappeared from the Porsche 911 line in 1995. Oh yes, we know Porsche has been selling one in the interim, but to purists, the giant sunroof models of the past 17 years have been Targas in name only.

While we don't exactly know how Porsche plans to package this blast from the past, it's pretty clear from the spy photos that this car has a top with a removable center section that leaves the B-pillar intact. While the convertible disguise doesn't allow us to discern much more, could it be too much to hope that the rear window is also removable?

The other big question is whether this new true Targa will be available in both rear- and all-wheel-drive, or continue the recent Porsche practice of being offered only in the latter configuration.

Speaking of which, our spy shooters have also captured the soon-to-be-introduced 2013 911 Carrera 4 and 4S. You can see from the widebody rear haunches that these are the all-wheel drive 911 models, and the reflective strip that connects the rear taillights of the 4 and 4S is merely covered with tape. While Porsche has yet to officially announce these cars that everyone knows are coming, fuel economy numbers are already posted on the U.S. government's website.

The automatic 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 is EPA-rated at 20 mpg city, 28 highway, and 23 combined. Opting for the heavier Cabriolet model will reduce your fuel economy to 20/27 and 22 mpg combined. Seven-speed manual versions lose a single digit from each number in both coupe and convertible trims. The Carrera 4S automatic is rated at 19/26, and 22 mpg combined, while the manual is at 18/26 and 21 combined. The convertible 4S with an automatic is still at 19/26, but drops to 21 mpg combined, while the manual convertible fuel economy is unchanged from the coupe.

Expect to see more official news on the Carrera 4 and 4S very soon, and we'd expect Porsche to make a big stink about the Targa model at one of next season's big auto shows.

Check out all the high-res spy shots of the Targa prototype in this gallery, and the 2013 Carrera 4 in this one.


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      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      So glad they didn't go all RUF with the.. well, roof.
      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      As much of a fan as I am of the 911, the cabriolet has always looked funny to me; with the top up, it loses the elegant balance of the lines, with the top down, it looks like a rolling bathtub. If I were looking for a convertible, I'd probably go with the Boxster Spyder - one of the best looking ragtops Porsche has ever made, and although not as quick, still delivered great performance. I'd park that right next to my 991... (fantasy garage, of course).
        waetherman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        Oops. I'm an idiot - this isn't a cabriolet. Targa. Hmm.. Interesting. I think my comment about the lines still stands, but we'll see when the actual car is revealed.
          telm12345
          • 2 Years Ago
          @waetherman
          I agree. Especially because I love the shape of the hardtop. Still, I think it is one of the best looking bathtubs out there.
      N2
      • 2 Years Ago
      spectacular.
      trzjax
      • 2 Years Ago
      911 pricing went through the roof in the last few years. After certain point, expensive becomes unattainable. Might as well start dreaming about 458 or SLS...
        evannever
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        Hello sir, May I interest you in a mid-engined Boxster S? Perhaps you would prefer a CPO'd Cayman S that can be bought for Mustang money and satisfy all your sports car desires.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @trzjax
        i get the f458,...but really?,...a mercedes for god's sakes?!,...not EVEN in either of these cars leagues,...but yes,..you are right,..the 911 HAS gotten REALLY expensive now,...when we went to the un-vieling of the 991 generation a while back,...i was shocked to see that the carrera s was now 131k!,...WOW!!!,..that's quite a leap from the last generation,..which, by the way,..i happen to think was MUCH nicer lookin',...your point is well taken,...unless you HAVE TO HAVE A MANUAL,..[WHICH WE DO!],...you can get a used ferrari f430,...manual or auto,..with a little mileage,..[say, 20,000], for now 120k or so,...2006 and earlier,..very very tempting! as an alternative to these new 911's...
      gmhtv1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry....I will never understand the populations lovee affair with overpriced undersized depreciating assets like cars..... Call me cheap, but I think that it lacks any degree of common sense
        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gmhtv1
        @ gmhtv1 , i guess you also don't understand why people have sex without the intention of making babies.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Targa has always been the trash of the 911 line. Please don't bring it back. Us purists hate it.
        jonnybimmer
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Oh, you're a purist eh? Why do you even care about this then? It has watercooling, ABS along with other electronic aids, electric power steering, and will have an AWD model.
        MJC
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Clearly you are not a "purist." Air-cooled Targa models are very desirable P-cars.
        jvshenderson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Radioactive Flea
        Maybe you're associating Targas with T-tops and the "trash" that stereotypically drive them, but I think the Targa makes a lot more sense than the Cabrio... It still lets you drive with the wind in your hair, but offers improved stiffness and better lines (top up or down) than the Cabrio.
          jvshenderson
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jvshenderson
          No. But there is a stereotype that "white trash" guys drive t-tops, although I try not to ever use that term. I was just trying to understand why Flea thinks Targas are trash...
      publius1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Too bad Porsche turned the Carerra into an overweight, bloated, quiet, big highway cruiser. I guess all us Porsche fanatics will move to teh Cayman/Boxster line which stays a true sports car.
        Radioactive Flea
        • 2 Years Ago
        @publius1
        I totally agree. Water cool was the end. The new ones are fat.
        lewazzinaroillus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @publius1
        unfortunately for me,...a true "porschephile",..i sadly have to agree!,...went to see the new 991 generation,..and came away very dissapointed,...sad,..sad sad,...very BIG and bloated looking,...looked fat and un-weildy compared to our 997 generation one,...it's now not so much a true blue sportscar,..but rather more of a "somewhat fast" grand-tourer,..sort of what the maser has become,...just a sad fact now,...LOVE our 997!,...looks,..speed, agility,...handling,..ALL better i feel than the new generation,..[okay,..the speed IS better on the 991 gen.,....but it just LOOKS heavy and FAT!],...i'll wait and see what they come up with for the turbo and the gt3,..and thank the lord they still come with a manny option!
      hammerthehalo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Never understood the draw to the original Targa. The lack of a cross-member between A and B pillars loses structural rigidity. The recent panoramic roof style Targa not only made more sense, it also looked better
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Wojtek Jakóbczyk
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yet another Porsche feature that derives from the works of Alois Ruf (the Ruf Roadster, produced in 997 guise for a couple of years now) uses the same basic setup http://www.ruf-automobile.de/en/Roadster.25d90.php
        ShutoSteve
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Wojtek Jakóbczyk
        Seriously? Do you not know anything about Porsche history? This is based off the original Targa. It's RUF who imitates the original Targa, not the other way around.
          Jeff Sabatini
          • 2 Years Ago
          @ShutoSteve
          Original 911 Targa did have a removable rear window. See this: http://www.europeancarweb.com/features/epcp_1006_1967_porsche_911_targa/viewall.html
      Clock
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are you serious? I love this. I never imagined the REAL targa would ever come back. I in fact thought giant sunroofs would replace targas and T tops on all cars forever. Now, I ask that they offer the targa on a RWD model.
      Mark
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the Targa. It's the prettiest 911 there is. Looking at the pics, it seems there are some unusual panel-shut lines on the rear wheel arches... I'm guessing there is an option for the rear window area to fold away for the 'roll bar racing' look. I just hope the centre panel can be removed on its own, and the rear panel left in place for the traditional Targa vibe. Also assume the centre panel can be stored in the car so a sudden down pour wont get you wet. WANT WANT WANT. I'll have mine in Carrera 4 PDK guise, with GT silver and terracotta leather. Will buy an extra lotto ticket tonight ;) My new dream car. M.
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