Rumor: Porsche 911 (991) Targa Turbo to bow at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2014

Porsche didn’t tell us what it has prepared for the 2014 Geneva Motor Show but apparently Jalopnik knows and it is going to be a BIG surprise! Why? Because Porsche is preparing to unveil the 911 (991) Targa Turbo! That’s right, Porsche will bring its fastest version of the Targa yet.

If the rumor is true, this means that the 911 (991) Targa Turbo will be powered by the 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine found on the 911 (991) Turbo and capable to deliver 520 hp (383 kW).

Just like the 911 Turbo Cabriolet, we expect the new Targa Turbo to hit 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and a top speed electronically limited at 318 km/h or 197.5 mph.

Porsche might also offer the 911 (991) Targa Turbo S, which will be even more powerful using the same 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 560 hp. This model would zoom from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds and offer a top speed of 318 km/h or 197.5 mph. Regarding the design, we expect a 911 (991) Targa with styling updates inspired by the 911 (991) Turbo.

The new Porsche 911 Targa could be best regarded as an enthralling fusion between the timeless design of the original Targa as well as the modern athleticism of the seventh generation of the 911. By returning to the original concept -- with its distinctive fixed Targa bar – resurrects the legend of the 911 Targa as brand new models. In another sense, the 911 Targa revives the Targa tradition with a groundbreaking roof concept.

On the new 911 Targa, the roof system features two moving parts: a glass rear window and a soft top. With single push of a button, the glass rear window opens to the rear, tilts, and is then joined to the stowage box lid. Simultaneously, two flaps in the Targa bar open and discharge the soft top kinematics.

This unlatches the soft top, and during the opening movement, folds it to the rear into a Z-shape. The soft top is then stowed behind the rear seats and is integrated into a panel behind the rear seats. Lastly, the flaps in the bar and the rear window close. Once the top is stowed, the user could manually adjust a wind deflector in the cowl to reduce draught to the cabin.

When the 911 Targe isn't moving, the roof can be opened or closed in just 19 seconds through the controls on the center console. The integrated rear ParkAssist, which is equipped as standard, monitors the area behind the 911 Targa during the time the roof is being is being opened or closed. ParkAssist could detect an obstacle within less than 40 cm. Once detected, the system lets out an audible warning to prevent the rear window from hitting a closely parked vehicle or other object positioned behind the 911 Targa.

The roof system employs innovative materials, like magnesium for the roof bows. These bows and the roof shell are designed to stretch the high-quality fabric hood tightly – a technology derived from the panel bow roof of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

Thermal protection is provided by additional insulation under the soft top, which also helps cut driving noise when the roof is deployed. Meanwhile, the rear edge of the soft top ends at the fixed Targa bar, which sports an inner steel anti-roll bar and outer elements made from painted die-cast aluminum. Interestingly, the three gills on the bar and the "targa" badges pay homage to the original 1965 Targa.

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