Spy Shots: New Porsche 991 Targa Returns to its Roots with Retro-Flavored Removable Top

Much to the pleasure of Porsche purists, the classic targa top is making a comeback on the 991-generation of the 911, a prototype of which was nabbed by our scoop photographers testing in northern Europe. From the 1960’s when Porsche first introduced the Targa model to the 911 series, up until the late 1980s, the car was fitted with removable center panel above the passenger compartment, but from the 993-generation model and onwards, the Germans used a sliding glass roof. Now, Porsche is returning to a retro-style targa hard top with a center roll bar in front of a fixed, wraparound glass rear window, which in this test car, were covered up in a fabric top to give the illusion of a convertible model. Porsche hasn’t been clear about the engine and transmission options that will be available on the new 991 Targa, but it’s almost a given that it will be offered with the base 350PS (345hp) 3.4-liter flat six and the stronger 400PS (395hp) 3.6-liter unit in “S” guise, though, we’ll have to wait and see if these powerplants will be combined with rear- and/or all-wheel drive configurations. Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoopS