July 18, 2006

Porsche announces new 911 Targa 4 and 4S models

2007 Porsche 911 Targa4
2007 Porsche 911 Targa4
2007 Porsche 911 Targa4. Click image to enlarge

Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche has announced that the new 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S will go on sale in November 2006. For the first time, the Targa will be available exclusively with permanent all-wheel drive and a rear body profile that is 44 mm wider than the standard 911 Carrera.

As with the previous Targa models, the new cars will feature a large, sliding glass roof and glass hatch, with a polished, anodized aluminum trim strip running the entire length of the roof frame. The electrically-operated panel can be retracted at all vehicle speeds in only seven seconds.

The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.6-litre flat-six Boxer engine delivering 325 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque, while the Targa 4S features a 3.8-litre producing 355 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. Both use a six-speed manual gearbox or optional five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with wheel-mounted shifter switches. Both versions feature standard all-wheel drive with viscous multi-plate clutch, which distributes between five and 40 per cent of engine torque to the front wheels.

Canadian prices have not been announced, but the models will sell in the U.S. for US$85,700 for the Targa 4 and US$95,900 for the Targa 4S.

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