2014 Porsche 911 Targa spy shots
Some of the shots even show a prototype with its roof camouflage completely removed, allowing us to view most of what’s underneath, namely, a fixed center roll bar similar to the one that debuted on the first 911 Targa all the way back in 1967.
Behind this roll bar sits a glass window, which on the prototype has been disguised to mimic the look of the regular 911 Cabriolet.
Other than the roof system, the new Porsche 911 Targa should essentially be the same as the 911 Carrera or Carrera S, depending on whether the sportier option is chosen.
This means the new Targa will feature a 3.4-liter flat-six engine good for 350 horsepower and 287 pound feet of torque, while the Targa S will benefit from a 3.8-liter flat-six engine putting out 400 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque.
A seven-speed manual will come as standard, with Porsche's seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission offered as an option.
There should also be all-wheel-drive variants, just like the previous generation, which means you can expect to see Targa 4 and Targa 4S models as well.
The new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa range is expected to make its debut soon, most likely at September's 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, with the car likely available by the end of the year.
This being the 911's 50th, Porsche has plenty in store for its iconic sports car. In addition to this new 911 Targa, the latest versions of the hardcore 911 GT3 and infamous 911 Turbo are also being introduced.
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