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New 911 Targa slides in. Image by Porsche.

New 911 Targa slides in
In its quickest revamp of the 911 range to date, Porsche reveals details of the new Targa models, both packing the Carrera 4's hardware.
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It seems a month hardly goes by without Porsche announcing yet another new derivative of its updated 911 range. This week we received details and the first pictures of a new Targa model.

Taking the wider body of the - equally new - 911 Carrera 4 variant as its basis, the Targa adds the distinctive sliding glass roof that gives it its name, as well as a strip of aluminium outlining the glasshouse. At the rear, large new Targa script adorns the engine cover, while the Carrera 4's characteristic red reflective strip joining the rear lights is also used.

For now at least, the Targa models will only be available with the Carrera 4's new all-wheel drive hardware, though Porsche prefers to call it PTM: Porsche Traction Management. Both Targa 4 and Targa 4S versions will be available, with the entry-level model packing 341bhp from its 3.6-litre flat-six. The S model utilises a 3.8-litre version of the same engine, with power upped to 380bhp enabling a top speed of 184mph.

The Targa roof itself comprises two large glass panels, one of which slides under the other to open the cabin to the elements in just seven seconds. Along with the open-air feel of the car, the glass roof gives the 911 a unique appearance. Buyers worried about a greenhouse effect on a hot day will be happy to hear that the glass in the roof and tailgate is made of an anti-glare material and the car also comes with an electronically operated sunblind.

Expect the new 911 Targa to be displayed at the Paris Motor Show, with sales in Europe starting immediately after for a modest premium over the new 911 Carrera 4 models.

Shane O' Donoghue - 28 Jul 2008

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