When in action, the window flips open and tilts, allowing the soft top to slide past and furl itself into a compartment behind the rear seats, at which point the window closes once again. The whole process takes 19 seconds and can only be done while stationary. You can see it in action our previous post on the new 911 Targa. Despite the complexity of the system, Porsche has managed to retain the practicality of the 911--yes, there are still two seats in the rear.
2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4Enlarge Photo
Rear-wheel-drive versions are expected to be launched at a later date.
The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-liter flat-six engine with 350 horsepower. Equipped with the optional seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono package, this car will accelerate to 60 mph from rest in 4.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the standard seven-speed manual).
Thanks to its 400-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-six engine, the 911 Targa 4S, also equipped with the PDK, needs just 4.2 seconds to reach 60 mph and will top out 182 mph (183 mph with the manual).
Pricing for the 911 Targa 4 starts at $102,595, including a $995 destination feet. This rises to $117,195 for the 911 Targa 4S, once again including a destination fee. Both cars arrive in showrooms this summer, as 2014 models.