Saturday, December 14, 2013

2014 Porsche 911 Targa

All sources lead to a 2014 launch with two engine choices: a flat-six 3.4-liter with 350 HP (257 kW) and 288 lb-ft (390 Nm) along with a more powerful 3.6-liter with 400 HP (294 kW) and 324 lb-ft (440 Nm) in the 911 Targa S variant.
We won't be surprised if Porsche will show the new 911 Targa in March 2014 at the Geneva Motor Show.

"The Targa is neither a coupe nor a convertible." That's how Ferry Porsche, son of the founder of this sports-car company, characterized the first Targa back in 1965, when the concept vehicle debuted in Frankfurt. Since then the 911 Targa has evolved into a coupe with a gigantic glass sunroof. This latest example boasts all the upgrades enjoyed by the 911 line for 2002. To wit: a 3.6-liter engine (up from 3.4) with a new VarioCam Plus valve-timing system that helps lift output to 315 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque.
There the module is fitted by robot to the modified 911 body shells, inserted from the bottom to protect the rubber seals for long-term weatherproofing. Powered by two electric motors, the roof deploys in about eight seconds, providing an open area twice as big as that of a standard sunroof. The glass panel slides back under the rear window, where it forms a double layer of glass and--unfortunately--results in some obstruction of rearward visibility.
The Targa model is a bit more versatile than the coupe, in that it features an opening rear window something like the setup in the Corvette targa. Gas-pressurized struts help open and support the hinged glass panel, and an electric lock pulls it shut through the last few degrees.
VEHICLE TYPE: rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, 2-passenger, 2-door coupe
BASE PRICE: $75,200–$78,630
ENGINE TYPE: DOHC 24-valve flat-6, aluminum block and heads, Bosch Motronic ME7.8 engine-control system with port fuel injection
Displacement: 219 cu in, 3596cc
Power (SAE net): 315 bhp @ 6800 rpm
Torque (SAE net): 273 lb-ft @ 4250 rpm
TRANSMISSIONS: 6-speed manual, 5-speed automatic with lockup torque converter
DIMENSIONS:
Wheelbase: 92.5 in Length: 174.5 in Width: 69.7 in Height: 51.4 in
Curb weight: 3300–3350 lb
C/D TEST RESULTS:
Zero to 60 mph: 4.8–5.3 sec
Zero to 100 mph: 12.2–12.7 sec
Standing 1/4-mile: 13.2–13.4 sec
Top speed (drag limited): 174–177 mph
FUEL ECONOMY:
EPA city driving: 18 mpg
EPA highway driving: 26 mpg
From what we can see on these images, there is little surprise to the 911 Targa’s design, as it harkens back to the original 911 Targa. Gone is the bad taste of the retractable glass panel that Porsche once tried to pass off as a "Targa" and in comes a true-to-the-original, removable roof and brushed aluminum bar separating the roof and the rear glass. We can also see that the rear glass clearly wraps around, just like the original.