Porsche Releases Initial Information and Photos of 2009 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO – Porsche is introducing the new 911 Targa — two new Targa models will join themanufacturer’s brethren, the new generation Carrera coupes and cabriolets thathave been introduced in the past two months. The new 911 models will beavailable at Porsche dealerships in Canada starting in September ofthis year, according to www.businesswire.com.
Themost striking visual highlight of the 911 Targa is its 16.58 square-foot glassroof made up of two segments — a sliding roof at the front and a more practicaltailgate at the rear. The roof slides beneath the tailgate within sevenseconds, offering almost five square feet of open space above the passengercabin when opened completely. The sliding roof comes standard with a newsunblind. When closed, the sunblind covers the entire area of the sliding roof,opening and closing electrically independently of the roof itself. The glassroof and tailgate are made of special tinted glass, which protects theoccupants from UV radiation and excessive heat even in bright sunshine.
Thefocal point of the Targa’s interior is the new Porsche Communication Management(PCM) 3.0, which features a touchscreen for simplified operation of the audiosystem as well as the optional hard-disk-drive navigation system. Otherimportant additions to PCM 3.0 are the new options of XM satellite radio withXM NavTraffic capability, Bluetooth connectivity, iPod port, USB port, andauxiliary jack.
Technologicalhighlights of the 2009 Targa include two new engines, with direct fuelinjection to improve both performance and fuel economy; the PDK Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe,or double-clutch gearbox, replacing the optional Tiptronic S automatictransmission; and the electronically controlled Porsche Traction Management(PTM), which takes the place of the former all-wheel-drive system.
Asbefore, the latest addition to the new generation of the 911 will come in twovariants: the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by anew 3.6L flat-six engine, developing a maximum output of 345 horsepower for atop track speed of 176 mph. The 3.8L 911 Targa 4S engine delivers a maximumoutput of 385 horsepower that accelerates this exclusive sports car to a toptrack speed of 184 mph.
Likethe previously announced 911 Carrera and Carrera 4 models, direct fuelinjection technology continues to be a central point of the efficiencyenhancements in the 2009 Targa. Direct fuel injection increases engine power,while simultaneously contributing to a reduction in fuel consumption.
The2009 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S will be available in Canada in October at a MSRP of$111,600 and $124,500, respectively.