The first day of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit also marked the return of a modern day classic, the Porsche Targa, or the Porsche 911 Targa 4, to be more precisely. First appeared in 1966, the Targa was Porsche’s alternative to the convertible top, which was often unreliable and leaked. By having the B-pillars act as the roll bar, it not only create an open-top cockpit but also a near obstruction-less rear window. Updated for 2014’s standards and conveniences, the top on the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 can be opened or closed with a simple push of a button. With the roof securely stowed away behind the rear seats, Porsche engineers also took into consideration of the slight weight differentiation and added all-wheel drive as the model’s standard feature.
Similar to its predecessors from model years before, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 will be available in two forms. One, the Porsche 911 Targa 4, comes with a 350-horsepower, 3.4-liter engine with a top speed of 282 km/h, or 175 mph, and capable of 0 to 100 km/h, or 0 to 62 mph, in just 4.8 seconds. The performance variant, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4S, comes with a 400-horsepower, 3.8-liter engine. the extra 50-horsepower allows the car to rocket down to the finishline in just 4.4 seconds. Part of Porsche’s 2014 model year line-up, the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S will be available this May with prices starting at €109,338 EUR (~$150,000 USD) for the Targa 4 and €124,094 EUR (~$170,000 USD) for the Targa 4S.