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2014 Porsche 911 Targa Is a Foul-Weather Friend

By: Jeff Youngs, 1/16/2014
Until the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the automaker offered buyers of the 911 a choice between a fixed-roof coupe and a folding-roof convertible. Sitting in between, equipped with Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive (AWD), is this new 911 Targa model.

Designed to deliver closed-coupe comfort and security when the weather outside is frightful, and open wind-in-your-hair motoring when the weather outside is delightful, the 911 Targa is equipped with a removable panel over the front seats that automatically powers up, over the targa bar, and down into a storage well with the push of a button. Styling changes include a dark-colored targa panel, metallic targa bar with heritage "targa" script on each side, and a wrap-around rear window that brightens the 911's interior.

Two different engines are offered for the 911 Targa, each paired with AWD. The standard Targa 4 features a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine equipped with a standard 7-speed manual gearbox or an optional 7-speed automated manual transmission that Porsche calls "PDK." Properly equipped, this engine provides acceleration to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds, according to Porsche.

The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S is equipped with a more powerful 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine. It delivers 400 horsepower, good for acceleration to 60 mph in as little as 4.2 seconds by Porsche's stopwatch. This version also achieves a maximum velocity of 183 mph, giving the Targa 4S owner bragging rights by 8 mph on the top end.

Porsche offers a long list of cosmetic, comfort, performance, safety, and infotainment options for the new 911 Targa models. Prices start at $102,595 and can rise to nearly $195,000 if you check all of the option boxes.

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