Porsche 911 Targa is the Best of Both Worlds

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Can't decide between a 911 coupe or convertible? Here's your solution.

Based on everyone's reactions from yesterday's leaked images, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa will likely be a success. And why wouldn't it? It's a retro throwback to the original 911 Targas before the era of the sliding glass roof. Available solely with all-wheel drive and with the same 3.4-liter and 3.8-liter flat-six engines, the Targa 4 and Targa 4S feature that distinctive Targa roof bar, a movable front roof section, and a wraparound rear glass window.

However, that roof section can be opened and closed via a simple push of a button. A little bit of minor manual labor is too hard these days, we suppose. Anyhow, once the roof retracts it's stowed behind the rear seats thanks to a mechanically impressive system that must have taken engineers many long hours to figure out. The base 911 Targa, when equipped with the dual-clutch and Sport Chrono package, can hit a top speed of 174 mph (175 mph with the manual gearbox). The 4S can make 183 mph with the manual and 182 mph with the dual-clutch. Porsche is asking buyers to fork over at least $101,600 for the Targa 4 and $116,200 for the Targa 4S. Sales will begin this summer.

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