A while ago I wrote this post about the new Porsche 911 Targa. Now, rumours are again flying around about the next generation Targa, after Autocar published more spy shots of what is obviously a 991 Targa disguised as a Cabriolet.
It seems that Porsche is returning to the traditional rollbar styling of the original 911 Targa, which seems odd in some ways as that has long been a largely unloved 911.
I’m sure the new car won’t have a lift-out roof like the old one, though, but rather some form of panel – some are saying glass – that will fold back under the hoop and, maybe, the rear window as per the 997 Targa. However, how Porsche will resolve the join between the closed roof and the side windows, I don’t know. Expect some clever design engineering.
There’s been a lot of excitement about the prospect of the return of the ‘traditional’ Targa, which can only be good news for values of existing classic 911 Targas, the prices of which have always lagged behind those of equivalent coupes. So long as you get one with a good roof that fits and seals properly, a classic 911 Targa can be a lot of fun.