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Porsche 911 Targa
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Production 1972-Present
Class Sports car
Body Style 2-door Convertible
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Weight 1,646 kg (3,629 lb)
Transmission transmission + drive
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The Porsche 911 Targa  is a semi convertible car with a removable roof section and a full roll bar behind the seats. The term was first used on the 1966 Porsche 911 Targa and remains a trademark of Porsche AG. The first use of the term targa was used on the 1972 Porsche 911T. The rear window is normally fixed, but on some targa models, it is either removable or foldable, making it a convertible type vehicle. Any piece of metal or trim which rises up from the side of the car and continues in uninterruptible line over the roof and down the other side is sometimes called a targa band, targa bar or a wrapover band. Targa tops are different from t tops, which have a solid, non removable bar running between the top of the windscreen and the rear roll bar, and generally have 2 separate roof panels above the seats that fit between the window and central t-bar.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Porsche 911 Targa Review.

Recent Changes

  • On January 12, 2015, Porsche announced the 911 Targa GTS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Similar in appearance to the existing Targa 4 and 4S models, the GTS added a more powerful engine plus several otherwise optional features.

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991 Generation: (2012–present)

In 2014 Porsche introduced the 991 targa. For the 2015 model year porsche introduced the 911 Targa gts model.

997 generation (2005–2012)

Targa 4 and 4S versions, like the Targa of the 993 and 996 generations, are equipped with a glass roof and hatch. At any speed, the roof can be opened where it drops down 25 mm and slides a metre back underneath the hatch. As the roof weighs an additional 60 kg (132 lb) the suspension has been modified from Carrera models. When the glass roof is retracted, a small glass deflector is raised above the windshield to aid aerodynamic stability.

Unlike previous versions, the 997 Targa was only available as 4 wheel drive. Targa 4 models are slightly slower than the hard top Carrera models because of the heavier roof and all-wheel-drive transmission.

The 997 Targa became available in the fall of 2006 as a 2007 Model. In the first year, Porsche produced 1760 Targas worldwide (with 800 sold in the US market) out of 38,922 911 models produced in total.

Targa (2009-2012)

The updated Targa 4 and Targa 4S models were announced on the 28th of July 2008. The new Targa 4S has a top track speed of 185 mph (298 km/h) and goes 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.7 seconds, while the Targa 4 has a lower top speed.

996 generation (2002–2004)

The targa version of the 996 was introduced in 2002 and ended production in 2004.

993 generation (1996–1998)

The Targa version of the 993 was introduced in model year 1996 and saw the debut of a retractable glass roof, a design continued on the 996 and 997 Targa. The glass roof would retract underneath the rear window revealing a large opening. A shade was there to help prevent the greenhouse effect of the closed roof. This system was a complete redesign, as previous Targa models had a removable roof section and a wide B-pillar functioning as a roll bar. The new glass roof design allowed the 993 Targa to retain the same side-on profile as the other 911 Carrera variants and finish without the inconvenience of storing the removed top of the old system. The Targa has the body of the convertiblewith the Targa glass roof replacing the fabric roof.

The Targa was equipped with distinctive 2-piece 17-inch (430 mm) wheels, which could be ordered as an option on all cars not having standard 18-inch (460 mm) wheels. Problems with the Targa include heat in the cabin, creaking noises on rough roads and a very complicated and unreliable mechanism. In addition, the Targa roof is heavier than the coupe version, and that extra weight is of course at the top of the car, increasing its center of gravity and decreasing handling.

Production Numbers: 1996:ROW 1980 US/Canada 462 1997:ROW 1276 US/Canada 567 1998:ROW 212 US/Canada 122 Total Production Run 993 911 Targa: 4619

Clasic 911 Generation/Origins (1972–1989)

1972 saw the first use of the term targa. The clasic 911 targa would remain in production until 1989.


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