It looks like the Porsche 911 Targa will make a triumphant return for 2014 and, unlike the previous itineration that sported what was essentially a large sunroof, the new 911 Targa may have a traditional removable roof.
At first glance, this Porsche we spied looks like a normal 911 Carrera Cabriolet. That’s what our photographer thought too, until he realized it wasn’t a soft top he was seeing, but some very clever camouflage. A closer look reveals a Targa-style roll hoop, and a distinctive glass hatch that harkens back to earlier 911 Targas. We suspect the center section is made from aluminum or a lightweight and durable see-through polycarbonate. It doesn’t look like the center section would be storable in the car, so drivers would be advised to check the weather before leaving home – or have a Cayenne chase car carrying your roof. We wouldn’t be surprised if a stowable soft top was an available option.
The 997-era Targa was only available with all-wheel drive, but it’s not clear whether the same will be the case when the 991 Targa debuts. The 2014 911 Targa will likely be powered by the Carrera’s 3.4-liter 350-hp and 287 lb-ft F-6, while a higher-spec 911 Targa S will get the Carrera S’ 3.8-liter 400-hp and 325 lb-ft F-6. The 2014 911 Targa may drop just before summer of next year as a 2014 model.