2014 Porsche 911 Targa

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.