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Magic Mtn Dan August 8th, 2001 12:47 PM

Porsche to Debut New 911 Carrera Targa at Frankfurt
Porsche to Debut New 911 Carrera Targa at Frankfurt

ATLANTA, Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Porsche today announced it will debut an all-new 911 Carrera Targa model at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt, Germany, on September 11, 2001. The 911 Carrera Targa will offer Porsche customers a third 911 Carrera body style in addition to the 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet models, as well as introduce some unique attributes.

Porsche has not offered a 911 Targa in North America since 1997. The all- new 911 Carrera Targa expands on the concept of the previous model, which featured a large power-operated sliding glass roof that slid under the rear window. In the all-new 911 Carrera Targa, the sliding glass roof panel covers nearly five square feet, or about twice the area of the standard sunroof on the 911 Carrera Coupe. Two electric motors open the glass roof almost silently.

The biggest difference from the previous 911 Carrera Targa is that the rear window in the new model is hinged to open, providing convenient access to the rear luggage compartment. In the new 911 Carrera Targa, folding the rear seatbacks down provides access to 8.1 cubic feet (230 liters) of cargo space, compared to 7.1 cubic feet (201 liters) in the 911 Carrera Coupe.

Like the redesigned 911 Carrera models that Porsche is introducing for 2002, the all-new 911 Carrera Targa shares the new 911 Turbo-inspired front- end styling and new 3.6-liter, 320-horsepower engine, along with interior enhancements. The new 911 Carrera Targa model weighs about 150 pounds more than the 911 Carrera Coupe and will accelerate from zero-to-62 mph (100 km/h) in just 5.2 seconds, compared to 5.0 seconds for the Coupe. North American pricing and availability of the new model will be announced at a later date.

Porsche unveiled the first 911 Targa model at the Frankfurt show in 1965 and introduced it to North American customers in 1967. Named for the Italian Targa Florio road race where Porsche had enjoyed much success, the 911 Targa model presented a truly innovative approach to open-air motoring (there was no 911 Cabriolet until 1984).

The first 911 Targa featured a large, removable hard roof section over the doors. A stainless-steel-covered structural hoop over the mid-section of the car provided both additional body reinforcement and a unique (and often imitated) design element. Behind the hoop, a soft roof section folded down under a tonneau cover. For 1968, buyers could choose a fixed, wraparound glass rear window on the 911 Targa, and this became a standard feature for 1972.

The 911 Carrera Targa model continued with this body configuration until 1993, and Porsche introduced the sliding glass roof on the 1996 911 Carrera Targa.

Porsche Cars North America (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga., is the exclusive importer of Porsche cars for the United States and Canada. A wholly owned subsidiary of Dr. Ing. h.c.F. Porsche AG, PCNA employs approximately 200 people who provide Porsche vehicles, parts, marketing and training for its 205 dealers in North America. They, in turn, provide Porsche owners with best-in- class service.


Magic Mtn Dan August 8th, 2001 01:02 PM

Picture of pre-production 911 Carrera Targa
I've seen the previous version of this car (993) and it's beautiful. As far as I know, the top is unique among automobiles in the world.


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