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Porsche 911 Targa impresses at 2014 NAIAS

Auto Shows | January 17th, 2014 by 1
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The 2014 Detroit Auto Show marks the debut of the the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa. The half-way-house Targa model has long been a staple of …

The 2014 Detroit Auto Show marks the debut of the the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa. The half-way-house Targa model has long been a staple of the Porsche 911 range since 1965 and the new design combines the traditional 911 shape we know and love with a unique B-pillar design and wrap-around rear screen.

At the press of a button, the roof’s center section slides back and stows itself behind the rear seats, keeping the car’s sleek lines intact and maintaining the utility so appreciated by 911 owners.

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The Porsche 911 Targa starts at $102,595, while the Targa S will have a starting price of $117,195.

All Targa models are fitted with all-wheel-drive as standard equipment. That mechanical hardware also comes with a lower and wider body and rear track.

The entry-point is the $102,595 Targa 4, which is motivated by a 350-horsepower 3.4-liter flat-6 cylinder engine. There will be a choice of 7-speed manual, or Porsche’s highly acclaimed PDK dual-clutch transmission.

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Add the PDK and optional Sport Chrono package, and Porsche estimates the Targa 4 will sprint from zero to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds.

The $117,195 Targa 4S, equipped with a 400-hp version of the same flat-6 motor, trims roughly one-half second off that acceleration figure.

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