Porsche 911 Targa: German Glass Top
Motoring Channel Staff - 30/July/2008
Porsche 911 Targa
Porsche's new 911 Targa models feature a
large glass roof than can be easily retracted
Boasting a new electronically controlled AWD
system, the 911 Targa is will offer strong grip
The minor facelift on the new 2009 model Porsche
911 range gives the traditional Porker confidence
This photo was not taken from a helicopter
Stuttgart, Germany — When Porsche's updated 2009 model 911 Carrera broke cover, the world didn't exactly go wild.
That's because the changes weren't overly obvious. There were updates to the way the car looks, but they were subtle.
The biggest changes were under the skin and involved, for the first time, a dual clutch automatic Doppelkupplungsgetriebe gearbox (nicknamed PDK).
Porsche's second facelifted model, the 911 Targa which will also make its public debut at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, has now emerged and adds things like a retractable glass roof and AWD to the equation.
glass roof is an interesting design feature, covering more than
one-and-a-half square metres that stretches from the top of the
windscreen to the boot.
The roof is
made from anti-glare UV resistant glass and also slides open at the
touch of a button, providing an open-air feeling, and is fitted with a
sunblind for good measure.
Other new measures for the Porsche Targa models include an updated AWD system that is electronically controlled by PTM, or Porsche Traction
Management, which "replaces the former all-wheel drive with its viscous
multiple-plate clutch" says Porsche.
new system is expected to improve roadholding but the Porsche 911
Targa models are also heavier than the rear-wheel drive Carrera
models and hence are not as quick to accelerate.
For example, the 911 Carrera and the 911 Targa 4 share the same 3.6-litre 6-cylinder boxer engine.
engine outputs 254 kilowatts (345hp) and propels the Carrera from
zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds, but it takes the entry-level
Targa 5.0 seconds.
Fitted with a larger and more powerful
3.8-litre boxer engine is the Porsche Targa 4S, which can accelerate
from zero to 100km/h in 4.7 seconds.
It should be mentioned
however that these acceleration times are an improvement on previous
models, thanks in large part to the new 7-speed PDK dual clutch gearbox.
This newly developed gearbox improves fuel efficiency somewhat and also has an aggressive launch control system.
the Porsche Targa 4 and Targa 4S boxer engines now feature direct
gasoline injection, which is chiefly how the power gains were met. The
Targa 4S gets a power boost of 22kW (30hp) which takes taking
peak power 283kW (385hp).
Porsche 911 Targa 4
Power: 254kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 390Nm @ 4400rpm
Engine: 3.6-litre, 6-cylinder boxer
0-100km/h: 5.0 seconds (PDK)
Top speed: 283km/h
Gearbox: 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Power: 283kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 420Nm @ 4400rpm
Engine: 3.8-litre 6-cylinder boxer
0-100km/h: 4.7 seconds (PDK)
Top Speed: 296km/h
Gearbox: 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK
the updated 911 Carrera models, the Targa cars get a tweaked new look
that includes LED driving lights and brake lights, subtle new changes
to the front end and also a long strip of polished chrome along the
windowline to highlight it's glass-roofed appeal.
car's interior has also been changed, first and foremost benefitting
from the new Porsche Communication Management 3.0 system.
adds an LCD touchscreen that can be optioned with a new hard drive
satellite navigation system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, iPod and USBconnectivity.
new 2009 Porsche 911 Targa range will begin sales after its Paris Motor
Show debut in October, and should be arriving in Australia in 2009.
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