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2103 Porsche 911 Targa spotted

New 991 Targa goes old-school...

One of the biggest surprises of 2013 has to be the reintroduction of the classic style Porsche 911 Targa. The 911 range is already growing, with the 4wd models introduced recently following the convertible style and the next to be revealed historically has been the Targa, ahead of the GT3 and Turbo models.

From the 993 generation 911, Porsche changed things around with the Targa and had the roof panel as a glass section that slid back under the rear glass. It hasn’t ever been received all that well, most likening it to a large sunroof instead of a separate model, but somehow it made it through 993, 996 and 997 generations.

Porsche have decided they want to inject a little bit of retro-cool to the 991 generation though, as from these spyshots you can see above, the classic Targa style has returned. With a large lift out panel, the 991 Targa has the feel and look of a fixed head coupe when the roof is off, but then gives a convertible feel when it’s off.

What is still unknown is what happens to the rear window segment. We doubt Porsche would simply leave it as a fixed panel, so we’re betting on it being either a cloth section that folds down or a solid panel that folds. This would leave just the fixed rollover bar section, just like the classic 911s of old.

It may not make any logical sense to buy the new Targa over the Convertible 911, but for sheer cool, it’s unbeatable. We can’t wait until the official reveal later this year, where we’ll bring you more details.

Images courtesy of MotorAuthority

 

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more