Porsche has been testing several new variants of the 992-generation 911 lately.
Over a year after the new Carrera debuted in LA, Porsche will soon expand the current 992-generation 911 family with several new variants. Just recently, we caught the new 911 Turbo Cabriolet and the new 911 GTS practically undisguised. Now, a prototype of the new Porsche 911 Targa has been spotted being tested out on the streets in preparation for its world debut.
It may not be the most practical model, but the Targa body style has been a Porsche staple since it was introduced in 1967, so it's not surprising to see it reprised for the new-generation model.
Since the design of the 992-generation 911 isn't a secret anymore, Porsche hasn't bothered covering the new Targa in camouflage, apart from a thin layer of tape masking the rear taillights.
The 911 Targa prototype was spotted with the folding roof up, the design of which appears to have been carried over from the 991-generation model, giving it a retro-inspired look. All the styling changes we've come to expect from the new 911 are present, from the full-width rear LED light bar and wider fenders, to the reshaped hood, new headlights, and LED daytime running lights.
Powering the new 911 Targa will be the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six as the new Carrera. The current Carrera S produces 443 horsepower and 390 lb-ft, up from 420 hp in the current Targa 4S, while 0-62 mph takes 3.5 seconds. Thanks to its folding roof mechanism adding extra weight, the new Targa will inevitably be slightly slower off the line than its Carrera counterpart. Trims will also presumably carry over, meaning the new 911 GTS may also get the Targa treatment.
Porsche hasn't said when the new 911 Targa will debut, but it could be unveiled at the 2019 LA Auto Show in November. However, the new 911 Turbo is also expected to debut in LA next month, so the new Targa may not debut until next year, possibly at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show.