Porsche puts a modern twist on a classic configuration (pictures)

Porsche gives 911 owners another way to go topless with the new 2014 911 Targa 4 and 4S at the Detroit auto show.

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Pricing, availability

The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S are scheduled to begin delivery to customers in the summer of 2014. The 911 Targa 4 will have an MSRP of $101,600. The more potent Targa 4S model will cost $116,200.

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Wrap-around rear glass

At the touch of a button, the wrap-around rear glass panel lifts and rotates away from the chassis.

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Fabric roof panel

While this is happening, the fabric roof panel disconnects from the windshield and begins to move backward.

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Closing up

With the fabric roof tucked into the rear of the body, the glass pivots forward to its original position.

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Targa roof bar

All done, the 911 Targa retains much of its coupe profile, while drawing attention to the distinctive metal Targa roof bar.

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Going topless

The classic 911 Targa required the driver get out of the vehicle to remove its roof panel. The 2014 model can go topless in seconds.

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911 Targa 4

There are no surprises in the engine bay (which is actually in the rear of the vehicle). The Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-liter 6-cylinder engine outputting 350 hp.

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Nought to 60...

With its optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) gearbox and Sport Chrono performance upgrade package, the 911 Targa 4 should hit 60 mph from a stop in just 4.6 seconds.

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400 horsepower

The 911 Targa 4S' larger 3.8-liter 6-cylinder engine boasts 400 horsepower and a top track speed of 182 mph when equipped with the PDK gearbox. Interestingly, the standard manual transmission nets the 911 Targa 4 and 4S one extra mph to the top track speed than the automatic.

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911 Targa 4S acceleration

Zero to 60 mph in a PDK and Sport Chrono-equipped Targa 4S happens in just 4.2 seconds.

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All-wheel drive

Both the Targa 4 and 4S are all-wheel drive models, with the same the wider rear track and body, and also Porsche Traction Management (PTM) software that are found in all 911 all-wheel-drive models.

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Interior

The 911 Targa 4S should also be available with the full range of Porsche options and amenities.

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To Targa, or to Cabriolet?

The 2014 911 Targa 4 and 4S join the Carrera Cabriolet 4 and 4S in Porsche's already extensive lineup, presumably to cater to those prospective 911 owners who want just a bit of nostalgia to go with their open air. I have to admit, the wrap-around rear glass is pretty cool looking.

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