The Porsche 911 nameplate spawns a plethora of variants across each life-cycle, and the 992-generation model is no different in this respect. Here, we have spy images of the forthcoming Targa, identifiable by its metal-finish roll-over bar and rear windscreen in contrast with the more open structure of the 911 Cabriolet.

Technical details for the 992-generation Targa have yet to be released, though the preceding 991 and 997 generations have employed all-wheel drive for the open-air two-door. Powertrain for such a configuration is already in place for the latest Neunelfer, where the Carrera 4S receives the latest iteration of the 3.0 litre flat-six biturbo producing 450 PS at 6,500 rpm and 530 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 5,000 rpm.

From the daylight opening downwards, the 992-generation Targa appears production ready, with camouflage tape applied to where the ‘Porsche’ script is located on other variants already launched. Its bumpers at the front and rear appear identical to those on the aforementioned 992s (save for quad tailpipes on the red car seen here – also a production item), while brakes on both cars here appear to be ceramic units.

After the 992 Targa makes its debut, the launch 4S model can be expected to be followed up at some point with a GTS variant, which, if current form is followed, should feature further aesthetic variations to go with its even greater performance. Not that the latest generation is exactly lacking in straight-line performance, with the Carrera 4S Cabriolet clocking 3.8 seconds to 100 km/h and a 304 km/h top end.