Few days ago, Jalopnik said that Porsche will unveil a 911 (991) Targa Turbo at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. The recipe was quite simple: a standard Porsche 911 (991) Turbo featuring the awesome roof found on the 911 (991) Targa. Immediately after reading about a more powerful version of the Targa, I began to feel like a kid waiting for Christmas to get its PlayStation 4.
The bad news came today from our friends from Autoblog who asked Nick Twork a.k.a. Porsche North America Product Communications Manager if the rumors, about a new version of the 911 Targa, were true. The answer cam quickly: “Totally false.” Still, there are some good news as Porsche will debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show the 911 (991) RSR racecar as well as the 919 Hybrid, its new LMP1 race car.
We already told about the Porsche 919 Hybrid that it will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter direct-injection V4 engine which has an unusually wide V angle. Porsche will compete with the new 919 Hybrid at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans and try to end Audi’s winning spree. Regarding the 911 Targa Turbo, you will have to stick with the current offer, the 911 (991) Targa and Targa S models.
The 2014 Porsche 911 (991) Targa is powered by a 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine that delivers 350 hp and can push the vehicle from 0 to 62 mph (10 km/h) in just 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 174 mph when using the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package. The Targa S model uses a 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine that generates 400 hp and can push the car from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.4 seconds when equipped with optional PDK and Sport Chrono package.
If you still want a faster Porsche featuring an open top you’d better choose the 911 (991) Turbo Cabriolet, which is powered by a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers 520 hp and can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds. If you want even more you have the 911 (991) Turbo S Cabriolet, which uses the same engine as the 911 Turbo Cabrio but has 560 hp and zooms from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.2 seconds. So, it all about decisions, right?
At a glance, the all-new Porsche 911 Targa looks immediately like a 911 with all-wheel drive. Comparing it to the two-wheel-drive 911 Carreras, the rear wheel arches have been broadened by an added 22 mm, and the rear tires are each wider by 10 mm. The rear view is even more impressive with the wraparound rear window with no C-pillars and the distinct rear lights with combination parking and rear lights.
The light strip is directly under the spoiler’s edge, joining the two tail lamps. This accents the strong rear body. It also provides the all-wheel drive versions a singular, easily identifiable night appearance. When the lights are on, the illuminated rear strip joins the lights in the back, clearly showing that an all-wheel drive 911 is ahead. This attractive presence is finished in its silhouette by sill covers with black offsets, and in front by the improved front with decorative side air intakes.
Drivetrain emphasises sportiness, safety, and comfort
The concept of the drivetrain expresses the core character of the all-new 911 Targa range: athleticism, comfort, and safety. The flat-six engine’s power works with a standard seven-speed manual transmission. An automatic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is an available option. The intelligent all-wheel-drive system - Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – delivers power to each of the wheels.
Both the engines come with petrol direct injection, are high-rev units, and shine with extraordinary fuel efficiency. To improve efficiency, the flat-six engines have electric system recuperation, map-controlled engine coolant thermal management, and automatic stop/start.