The new version’s styling is a nod to the original 911 Targa of 1965, but in a first for a Porsche Targa model, it also features an electronically-controlled opening roof.
In classic Targa style, a wide bar behind the driver and front-seat passenger sits in place of a B-pillar, while a wrap-around glass section acts as the rear windscreen and C-pillar.
At the push of a button, the roof section - which was teased in a video from Porsche last week - is automatically stowed behind the rear seat.
The new Targa is largely based on the Carrera 4 cabriolet models and offers a choice of two variants, both with all-wheel-drive.
The ‘entry-level’ Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4 litre six-cylinder engine producing 257kW and is available with a seven-speed manual or Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) dual-clutch automatic.
Fuel consumption is listed at 8.7 l/100km for the manual and 9.5 l/100km for the PDK.
When fitted with the PDK and optional Sport Chrono pack, the Targa 4 can achieve 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds, with a top speed of 280km/h for the PDK and 282km/h for the manual.
The range-topping Targa 4S gets the same transmission options with a larger 3.8 litre six-cylinder engine producing 294kW. The 3.8 litre power plant improves the 0-100km/h time with the PDK and Sport Chrono pack by 0.4 seconds.
Top speed for the Targa 4S increases to 296km/h for the manual and 293km/h for the PDK, while fuel consumption is listed at 9.2 l/100km and 10 l/100km respectively.
Deliveries of the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S to Australia begin mid-year, with pricing starting from $247,900 plus on-roads.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
Porsche 911 Targa 4
- $247,900 (Seven-speed manual)
- $253,850 (PDK)
Porsche 911 Targa 4S
- $285,100 (Seven-speed manual)
- $291,050 (PDK)