Porsche has added the Targa variant to its new line-up of facelifted Type 997 cars. Like the rest of the facelifted 997 cars, the new Porsche 911 Targa will get the new Direct Fuel Injection engines and have its Tiptronic S automatic replaced by the Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe 7-speed double clutch gearbox.
The Targa top is a large 1.54 square meter glass sliding roof made out of two components: the glass sliding roof itself and the top-hinted tailgate. The roof will slide beneath the tailgate within 7 seconds to give the passenger compartment an open roof. The glass roof and tailgate’s glass are made of specially-treated glass designed to effectively deflect the sun’s glate and repel UV radiation and excessive heat.
The Targa models are only available in all-wheel drive. The 911 Targa 4 features a 3.6 litre 6 cylinder boxer engine producing 345 horsepower. The manual transmission model takes it from 0 to 100km/h in 5.2 seconds, but when equipped with the 7-speed twin clutch PDK gearbox, this time is cut down to 5.0 seconds. The 911 Targa 4S is powered by a 3.8 litre unit producing 385 horsepower and with a manual transmission its 0 to 100km/h sprint time is 4.9 seconds, with the PDK gearbox bringing it down to 4.7 seconds. The fuel injection system injects fuel into the combustion chamber at a 120 bar pressure.
The Porsche 911 Targa4 is priced from £72,980 while the Targa 4S goes for a minimum of £80,270. PDK is part of the various options available and is priced at an additional £2,338 over the base prices.
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PHOTO GALLERY: 2009 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S
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