Targa reinterprets Porsche driving experience

Porsche presents the new 911 Targa to the public for the first time in its own Web TV format in response to the global ban on events due to the coronavirus.

Head of the 911 and 718 series Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser, together with Porsche brand ambassadors Maria Sharapova and Jörg Bergmeister, provided information about the innovations of the new sports car.

Porsche first introduced the 911 Targa at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt in September 1965. The Targa concept was the start of a totally different kind of Porsche driving experience and featured not only in all future 911 generations but also subsequently in other cars, such as the 914 or the Carrera GT.

From 1967, the Targa models could be optionally ordered with a fixed and heated rear window made of safety glass in place of the fold-down plastic rear window. Over the years the 911 body was sustainably modified, albeit retaining the signature fully open-top, evident from a range of Targa options for the G series models.

In 1988, Porsche introduced the first all-wheel drive 911 with the 911 Carrera 4 Type 964 retaining the classic body shape of the 911, but about 85 per cent of all the parts were new. A variant was also available in the form of the 911 Carrera 2. Built until 1993, both still had the classic Targa roll bar and the removable roof centre section.

911 Targa 3,6 interior (1996)
911 Targa 3,6 Coupé, model year 1996. PHOTOS: QAF EUROKARS

Featuring extensive enhancements to the engine and chassis, fourth generation Type 993 took Targa in a completely different direction, without the Targa roll bar.

The roof, made of tinted heat-insulating glass, running from the front window frame to the rear, was now encased within a longitudinal safety structure. Divided into electrical moving segments, it opened smoothly at the push of a button and retracted behind the rear window like a wide sliding roof.

The fifth generation Carrera Type 996 was redesigned completely and relied on water-cooled six-cylinder boxer engines for the first time in 1997. Just like its predecessor, the 911 Targa had an electrically operated glass roof, now with a surface area of more than 1.5 square metres.

On September 2006 Porsche saw the introduction of the 911 Targa sixth generation, type 997. It had the same Targa roof design as its predecessor, but with an additional practical rear lid. The use of special glass made it possible to reduce the weight by 1.9kg, and two high-gloss polished aluminium strips along the edges of the roof were especially eye-catching.

Following the fully redesign seventh 911 generation in 2011, the new model featured a returned wide bar in place of B-pillars, a moving roof section above the front seats, and a wrap-around rear window without a C-pillar.

The fully automatic roof system spectacularly hid the hardtop element behind the rear seat system. The new 911 Targa represented a high-end, innovative new edition of the 1965 classic.