Porsche 911 Targa spied

31 Oct, 2012 12:31pm Ben James

Latest spy pictures of the Porsche 911 Targa hint at a return to the retro looks of the 1990 model

The new Porsche 911 Targa has been caught testing. And while this test mule has been made to look like the latest 911 Cabriolet, it reveals plenty of what the 911 Targa model has in store.

A removable centre roof section is visible, as well as a rear roll bar stretching over the width of the roof. There’s a single curved glass panel behind this, which is a design that harks back to the 1990 Porsche 911 (964) Targa.

A centre strip between the rear lights has been covered up. This is a trademark of four-wheel drive 911s, suggesting that the new Targa models will again be four-wheel-drive only.

Power is expected to be identical to the Carrera models at 400bhp and 350bhp for the S and non-S models respectively, although an X51 power kit may be offered for the S model which would bring power to 430bhp. A choice of seven-speed manual or PDK 'box will be available.

The new Targa model will join the Porsche 911 line-up from the middle of 2013, with prices starting at around £85,000.

The first of the high performance 911s will arrive before then, though, with the GT3 set to make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. A new 911 Turbo is also likely to be shown before the end of the year.