The 2015 Porsche 911 Targa was introduced by the German sports car company in 2014. It was presented at Detroit's North American International Auto Show.
The car represents the most recent in the long line of versions of Porsche's storied 911 brand, but contains a number of innovations. In particular, this is the first 911 to be combined to highly technologically advanced roof technology with the Targa idea that has served the company so well over the years.
|Vehicle Type: Coupe||Base Price: $101,600|
|Length: 176.8 in. (449 cm)||Wheel Base: 96.5 in. (245.1 cm)|
|Engine: Flat 6||Displacement: 3.4 Liter|
|Horsepower: 350HP||Max RPM: 7400 RPM|
|Torque: 287 lb-ft @5600 rpm||Transmission: 7-Speed Manual|
|0-60 mph: 5.0 seconds||Maximum Speed: 175 mph (282 km/h)|
Engine & Performance
There are two six-cylinder engines for the 2015 model. The basic Targa 4 model offers a 3.4 liter, 350 horsepower engine that takes the car from 0-62 mph in just under five seconds and on to a maximum speed of 175 mph.
The more powerful Targa 4S iteration of the car increases the power to 3.8 liter 400 horsepower engine. An advanced Sport Chrono/PDK trim, this 911 can hit 184 mph and perform the 0-62 mph sprint in 4.4 seconds.
Carbon dioxide emissions are around the 225 g/km mark, while gas consumption runs at 25 mpg. The car is fitted with all-wheel drive.
The underlying concept for the Targa models has always been seen in its window and pillar designs, and these remain broadly the same. There is no C-pillar, with the rear window instead wrapping around.
Above the front seats is a section of roof which can be removed to give the car a semi-open feel. The B-pillars are also gone, replaced by the wide bar that has always been a Targa feature.
However, driver convenience has been greatly increased with the introduction of a power-operated movable section; this can be operated by a simple push of a button.
Exterior & Interior
The new 911's dashboard maintains the classic look of previous versions, with a 4.6-inch color screen being added to the five standard dials, including center-mounted tachometer.
The console, which slopes forward, allows easy access to important controls including roof operation.
Black fabric is used to line the interior of the Targa bar and roof, and there is space for the detachable part of the top to be stowed behind the rear seats.
The rear window has been designed to allow the maximum possible amount of light into the car's cabin.