Retro can either work really well or flop horrifically. The Fiat 500 is a good example of how a retro design can prove exceedingly popular, whereas those funny egg shaped seats are not. The original Porsche Targa with its central roll-over hoop proved very popular, particularly in the United States where the dangers of turning a convertible car upside-down were clear for all to see. Though todays convertibles are more than capable of supporting their own weight in the unlikely event of such an accident, Porsche at the Detroit motor show have unveiled a reinterpretation of the Targa design 20 years after the original 964 went out of production. Think of it as retro reinvented.
We really like the looks of this modern classic! The wraparound rear window and signature roll hoop gives this 911 a unique look that is very distinctive. Over the driver sits a traditional canvas roof that at the push of a button raises the glass canopy at the rear and stows itself behind the front seats. The process takes 19 seconds to complete but the car must be stationary in order for this origami to take place. This new Targa model is available in two flavours… Targa 4 with a 3.4 litre flat-six that produces 350HP and can do 175MPH with a 0-62MPH time of 4.6 seconds. Targa 4S is powered by a 3.8 litre 400HP flat-six capable of a top speed of 183MPH, and a 0-62MPH time of 4.2 seconds. Pricing for these two cars stats from £86,281 and £96,316 respectively.
Both cars will be in showroom this summer.