Evolutionary new Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S go topless at the touch of a button - w/videos

I remember the original Porsche Targas and always thought what a nice compromise the cars were. Sort of right between a full convertible with the perceived safety of a fixed-roof coupe...not to mention the power and handling of a Porsche. This new Targa calls the older 911T to mind with the brushed metal roof band and soft (ish) top. What's cool about the new Targa is that the removal of the roof is done at the touch of a button. No lifting off the roof manually and stowing it for this 21st-century Porsche, no way. (Watch the videos. It's cool the way the roll bar and rear glass lift to stow the roof.) All 2014 Targas will come well-equipped with all-wheel drive and the 3.4-liter turbo six (350 hp) in the 911 Targa 4 and the 3-8-liter engine (400 hp) again with AWD in the Targa 4S. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 4 will hit 60 in about 4.5 seconds with the 4S taking just 4.2 seconds. As with all Porsche's, you can option the new Targas to the max if your checkbook will allow. Prices start at $101,600 (plus taxes, license, fees, options, and $995 destination) for Targa 4 models while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200 (+). If you want to be the first on your block to get one of these babies, order now cuz deliveries start this Summer. Check out the press release and three videos for lots more info.

Source: Porsche - Press release, pics, and videos (3) after the jump.

Press Release:
The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

The world premiere of a modern classic

Atlanta. At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Porsche is introducing two new models to the 911 range: the 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. These models are the first to combine the classic Targa concept with cutting edge, innovative roof technology. Just like the legendary original 911 Targa of 1965, the new models feature the distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear window. But unlike the classic 911 Targa, the roof segment can be opened and closed at the push of a button. The fully automatic roof system stows the Targa top behind the rear seats.

Both 911 Targa models exclusively come in AWD version, featuring the wider rear track and body, and the same Porsche Traction Management (PTM), found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models. It is an active all-wheel-drive system that helps to ensure the optimal distribution of drive power for optimum traction in most road scenarios, whether on long straights, through tight corners, or on surfaces with different friction coefficients. The combination of the wide body, the Targa bar, and the wraparound rear window results in an extremely sporty and low-slung profile.

The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a horizontally opposed 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine with 350 hp. Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, the 911 Targa 4 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and is capable of a top track speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual transmission). The 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from its 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine, and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package. The 911 Targa 4S is capable of reaching a top track speed of 183 mph when equipped with a manual transmission and 182 mph with PDK.

The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600 while the 911 Targa 4S model will have an MSRP of $116,200. Both cars also have a destination charge of $995. Deliveries of the 911 Targa in the U.S. are scheduled to begin this summer.

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