The Targa is quintessentially Porsche. But will the nameplate be dropped for the new version?
We often use the term "targa" to refer to any quasi-convertible with a removable or retractable roof panel, but the name itself belongs to Porsche. The German automaker first rolled out the semi-open-top Targa in 1967, and has offered it as a model in the 911 range pretty much ever since. But could we have seen the last of the Porsche 911 Targa? Well, yes and no. According to the latest reports, Porsche is not planning a Targa model version of the latest 911. It may, however, still offer a retractable roof panel on the standard 911 Carrera.
The difference, then, could come down to semantics, but don't expect to see the Targa script on the back of the latest 911. If Porsche does offer a Targa-style roof as an option on the Carrera, it would likely be available with either engine (350hp 3.4 and 400hp 3.8) and in either rear-drive or all-wheel-drive Carrrera 4 versions. And for the nostalgic among us, the version may bring back the contrasting metal roof bar to keep it all in place and visually distinguish it from its coupe and full convertible stable-mates.