The Stuttgart giant has gone back to its roots by reverting to silver wrap-over B-pillars like the original 911 Targa of 1965, but this time there’s a fully automated roof panel, which can be opened at the touch of a button in 19 seconds and stows between the rear seats and the larger, convex rear window – which is another unique feature on the 991 Targa.
Once again the Targa is based on the wide-bodied Carrera 4 and 4S, meaning a choice of either a 257 kW (350 hp) 3.4-litre or 294 kW (400 hp) 3.8-litre version. Equipped with the optional PDK transmission and Sport Chrono package, the Targa 4 cracks 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds and is capable of hitting 280 km/h (174 mph) or 282 km/h (175 mph ) with the manual gearbox.
The meatier Targa 4S accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds and reaches 293 km/h (182 mph) when specified with the PDK and Sport Chrono package or 295 km/h (183 mph) with the manual.
Equipment of note includes the optional Adaptive Cruise Control ACC), which controls vehicle speed and distance to traffic ahead. When specified with PDK, Porsche Active Safe (PAS) works with the ACC, helping to avoid front-end collisions.
Deliveries in America will begin this summer with prices starting at $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the 911 Targa 4S model.
Call us weird, but we’ve always been fans of the ultra-rare late eighties Turbo Targa and would love to see that particular model make a return.