2015 Porsche 911 Targa. Old meets new

Covers thrown from all-new Porsche 911 Targa

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With official photos having leaked ahead of its unofficial unveil (yes, don’t panic, we noticed), the buzz surrounding the new-for-2015 Porsche 911 Targa was herculean at the North American Motor Show. And with good reason. Not only is this the latest addition to the 991 fold, it’s also one of the most heritage-savvy 991 models we’ve seen thus far. Well, the 911 50 Years Edition aside perhaps.

Back in 1965, amidst fears that newly revamped National Highway Traffic Safety Administration legislation would lead to the abolition of full convertibles, the cheeky not-quite-a-cabriolet-but-doesn’t-have-a-full-roof 911 Targa proved a cheeky loophole when it first arrived in 1967. Named after the Targa Florio – a cross-country endurance event on which Porsche won eleven times between 1956 and 1973 – the new Targa was a bit of alright, so much so that it’s remained a staple of the 911 line-up since.

But whilst the previous generation had a tricky sliding glass roof that didn’t quite win Porka enthusiasts over, the new 2015 Targa uses a presumably bafflingly complex array of cogs and switches to swallow a traditional looking panel. And, of course, THAT silver roll hoop. In other examples of petrolhead nirvana, the Targa also boasts 350hp 3.4-litre flat-six engine (good for 0-100kph in 4.6s), while the Targa S is hit with a 400hp 3.8-litre unit, good for 0-100kph in 4.2s. All cobbled together with all-wheel drive configuration.

Right, enough press talk. Time for a video (psst, 43s in…)

Source – Porsche

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