Introduced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, the 2015 Porsche 911 Targa is a simple triumph of form over function. It is a throwback to the original Targa, which was really just an emergency reaction to fears of harsh safety regulations. Starting at $102,000, the Targa is a far cry from the $84,300 that a standard 911 costs. Using the 911 turbo as a rather blunt basis, the Targa Turbo could cost $166,000, and would get the 3.8 liter turbo flat six with 520 horsepower and a 0-60 time of somewhere over 3.3 seconds (that’s what the 911 Turbo Cabriolet does, so add a tenth, perhaps).
Given that the Cabriolet comes standard with a 7-speed PDK dual clutch transmission, it would not be shocking to see this in the Targa. The 911 GT3 and GT2 are certainly made in reduced numbers, and the 911 Targa Turbo will likely be too, given that the Targa accounts for only 10 percent of 911 sales, which are already a shrinking fraction of Porsche’s yearly production numbers, thanks to the popularity of the Boxster, Cayman, Cayenne, and most recently, and perhaps most significantly, the Macan.
-By: Sawyer Sutton