NAIAS 2014: Porsche 911 Targa Debuts in Detroit

2014 NAIAS Porsche

The Porsche booth in Detroit was full of silver vehicles, except for a select few that were the highlight of the show. Making its world debut was the new 911 Targa. Offered only with all-wheel drive, the Targa 4 and 4S are said to be available this summer with a six-figure base price.

While the design is reminiscent of the original Targa, the newest 911 is very 21st century. Topping the list of features is the roof; stowing the Targa top behind the rear seats is done with the push of a button. The rear window moves out of the way to allow the center roof section to fold down, and the intricate 19-second process involves more than a few moving parts. We know the Germans always make good stuff, but we hope they have worked out all the kinks here because it looks expensive if it breaks.

The Targa 4 has a 3.4L flat-6 capable of 350 hp, starting price $101,600.
The Targa 4S has a 3.8L flat-6 capable of 400 hp, starting price $116,200.

Fresh off its recent debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Macan S and Macan Turbo were both in attendance. Can you tell them apart?

The 918 Spyder is a plug-in hybrid that was given an impressive display. It was showcased in its own room with glass walls, and only very special people were allowed in.

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