Spy photographers have snapped a few images of the upcoming Porsche 911 Targa out for some cold-weather testing. It looks as if engineers have their hearts set on eschewing the massive sunroof design of the 997 in favor of the "true" Targa roof that stood classic 911s in good stead for so many years. That means buyers will be able to enjoy a removable top panel for true open-air driving.

The development mule we see here wears convertible top camouflage, but it doesn't take a keen eye to spot the iconic Targa roll bar and center roof section. Unfortunately, this 997 doesn't give us any hints as to what mechanical tidbits lurk under the sheetmetal.

The 997 Targa was only available in four-wheel drive guise, but Porsche hasn't said one way or the other whether the new 991 can be had in a C2 configuration. Either way, we dig the return to the old roll-bar style and can't wait to see the machine get a full unveil. Check out the gallery for a closer look for yourself.



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      Taint
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love you 911. I just want to caress you.
      S52MC
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone notice what appears to be a Turbo mule parked in the background?
        telm12345
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S52MC
        Great call. I\'ll take either one. Seriously, I\'ll \"compromise\" and take the targa.
        M-M
        • 1 Year Ago
        @S52MC
        Yep, 8th photo. It has all the right extra venting in place.
      Lachmund
      • 1 Year Ago
      i'm all in for the classic look. i never like what they did to the targa the last few generations
      artandcolour2010
      • 1 Year Ago
      great idea. the traditional roofline is a classic. I did a rendering of a Cayman Targa a couple of years ago: https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-aHoPAxeOrEY/TXkiz-9CYcI/AAAAAAAAEFY/rMvouF4Gndc/s1600/CaymanTarga2012.jpg
      Ian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks to be quite the year for Porsche, especially at Frankfurt. New Turbo, Targa, Macan, 918, face-lifted Panamera.
      M-M
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm happy to see them go back to the true removable panel roof. I could never get into what the sliding roof of the 997 did to the overall look of the car.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      I prefer the previous 'sunroof' Targa. A wonder of engineering and much cleaner side profile.
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I the only person that's a little turned off by the fact that the trailing edge of the "Easter basket" hoop of the B-pillar doesn't fall at the leading edge of the engine bay access clamshell...? A little nitpicky, but I mean... this is a 911 we're talking about.
      Jonathan Wayne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who buys the targas? I can't tell you the last time I have seen one of those.
      Kris O.
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least this 911 dared to look different
      EB110Americana
      • 1 Year Ago
      So the 911 (targa) will have wrap around rear glass and a "basket handle" roll bar, while the Corvette has rear quarter windows and a flat backlight that tapers towards the rear deck? Strange times indeed.
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