The latest Porsche 911 Targa has been caught on camera, completely undisguised, undergoing its handling assessment around the Nurburgring
Porsche’s latest 911 Targa has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. Like the previous model, the German firm’s new go-between for the 911 Coupe and 911 Cabriolet will feature an electrically-folding roof panel, inspired by the removable hardtop unit fitted to the original 1967 Porsche 911 Targa.
As the Porsche 911 Targa shares its body-in-white with the current-generation 911 Cabriolet, it means that Porsche could provide the new 911 Targa with a rear-wheel-drive layout for the first time since the 1960s, borrowing mechanicals from the latest 992 Carrera S.
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It’s safe to assume that the new 911 Targa will also feature the same turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six petrol engine as the 911 Cabriolet, producing 444bhp and 530Nm of torque. Power will be fed through an eight-speed automatic gearbox, allowing a 0–62mph time of around three-and-a-half to four seconds (depending on the drivetrain) and a top speed of 190mph.
Like the rest of the 911 line-up, the new Targa will be offered with a range of optional extras, including a sports exhaust system, ceramic brakes, rear-axle steering and LED Matrix headlights. Porsche’s Sport Chrono package will also feature, which adds active engine mounts, extra driving modes, launch control and a dash-mounted stopwatch.
Porsche has announced neither pricing nor a specific launch date for the new 911 Targa. However, given the previous model commanded a £10,000 premium over the standard 911 Coupe, we expect prices will start from around £100,000.
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