Some cars are just iconic. Ford Mustang's should come as fastbacks, Nissan Z car's should be two-seaters, and Porsche 911's should have a Targa top as an option. The iconic open roof design in traditional removable roof panel was last seen back in 1992 on the 964. After that, this was replaced with a glass panel that slid behind the rear window. Now the new 991 is set to hit the streets with it's beefy aluminium wide-bar B-pillars, reminiscent of the original 911 Targa with a complicated mechanical system to remove the roof that only the German's could devise
The original Targa was developed as a way to give motorists, in particular the Americans, the joy of open roof driving, when the United States threatened to ban convertibles all together. Leaving the back pillars just past the roofline was the workaround that Porsche came up with. Such regulation never came to pass, but the option became a staple of the 911 lineup.
The new Targa, built on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet structure, has two models to chose from. The base Targa 4, priced at about $102,595, will feature a a 3.4-liter flat-six, rated at 350 horsepower and 287 pound-feet of torque, reports autoblog. However, for a mere $14,600 extra you can get the Targa 4S, which gets you 50 more horses and 38 more pounds of torque. There will be the growing standards of a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox offered, but surprisingly, Porsche is giving us the choice seven-speed manual. A growing rarity, since even the new GT3 only comes in auto.
When you are ready to have the open roof thrill, you should know that the cloth-wrapped roof panel can only be removed while the car is stationary. Partially this is because the rear brake lights are concealed behind the rear as it lifts up to make room for the panel, making it technically street legal. Not to mention, lifting the 80 pound roof while in motion might make the entire vehicle unstable. Your finger will also get a 20 second workout, as the button to remove the roof must be pressed during the entire duration. However, for those who will want to show off the technical marvel, and owners definitely will, Porsche assures that the operation can be done over and over again with no limit on open/close sequences.