With the doors of Cobo Center opening for the this year’s Detroit Auto Show this morning, Porsche is expected to unveiled to public its new 911 Targa in a matter of hours.
However, before the popular car maker has done this, the first series of images already leaked out, courtesy of Chinese car site autohome.com.cn.
As is was expected and predicted by many car amateurs, the new model of Porsche, Targa, features the complex sliding glass roof panels that somehow remain recent versions of the semi-convertible 911 in favor of a more back-to-basics approach.
“An entirely removable roof panel opens up the sky, backed by a metallic B-pillar hoop in front of a large curved-glass rear window,” reports Autoblog.
The combination of fabric-covered magnesium roof panels and a glass rear window differs from those that were used in 993, 996 and 997-generation Targa models, which featured a roof made entirely from glass.
“At the touch of a button the rear window tilts to allow the fabric roof to fold into a Z-shape and stow behind the rear seats. The wrap-around glass screen then closes to recreate a classic 911 Targa look. The whole process is said to take 19sec and can only be carried out when the vehicle is stationary,” writes The Telegraph.
“The Targa bar on the 991 version is designed to pay homage to the 1965 original, and features three gills and Targa lettering. Under the bar’s aluminium skin is a steel roll-over protection system,” the publication adds.
Aside from the roof, the just unveiled vehicle seems to be quite similar to the current 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, including its wide-body design and four-wheel-drive transmission. The new model, however, carries a premium of approximately £4,000 over the Cabriolet.
“You get a little more, too: a leather interior, sports seats, climate control, a 7in colour touchscreen, stability control and traction control. Plump for the range-topping Targa 4S, and you also get Porsche Active Suspension Management, torque vectoring with a limited slip diff, and 20in wheels,” reports Top Gear.
Porsche revealed that for the Targa it offers 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre flat-six petrol engines, with a seven-speed manual or double-clutch PDK gearbox.
The entry-level Targa 4, that costs from £86,281, accelerates from 0-62mph in 4.8sec and has a top speed of 175mph. The £96,316 Targa 4S manages the benchmark sprint in 4.4sec and tops out at 184mph.
The car-manufacturer claims that it will be ready to offer its customers the just unveiled vehicle this May.
Back in November Porsche unveiled Porsche Macan at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show.
As the first Porsche in the compact SUV segment, the Macan combines the handling characteristics that typify Porsche. The Porsche Macan is the first compact SUV that is also a sports car.
The vehicle will be available in two versions: Macan S and Macan Turbo. Standard features include active all-wheel drive and the Porsche double-clutch transmission (PDK).
The Macan S is powered by a new Porsche-designed 3.0-litre V6 bi-turbo engine that delivers 340 hp, can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (5.2 with the Sport Chrono package) and consumes 9.0 to 8.7 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
The 3.6-litre V6 bi-turbo engine in the Macan Turbo is based on the 3.0-litre V6 unit, with a stroke that has been increased by 83 millimetres. It produces 400 hp and accelerates the vehicle to 100 km/h in as low as 4.8 seconds (4.6 with Sport Chrono), with an average fuel consumption of 9.2 to 8.9 litres per 100 kilometres.
The new Macan will arrive in Canadian dealerships in late spring 2014. Pricing will start at $54,300 for Macan S and $82,200 for Macan Turbo.