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2014 Porsche 911 Targa revealed

The first image of the new Targa variant of the Porche 911 has appeared ahead of the model's Detroit official unveiling, with the third 991-generation 911 bodystyle being let out of the bag early by industry site Inautonews

The image reaffirms the styling previewed by patent images last month, and a leaked dealer presentation last September.

The new Targa will see a return to the traditional full-width roof opening and fixed Targa bar, compared with the sliding glass centre roof section of the previous three 911 generations.

One likely evolution for the new model is the apparent soft roof section, which could fold away neatly to avoid the storage issues of a solid piece.

Aside from the unique roof design, the 991 911 Targa is likely to mirror the existing hardtop and convertible Carrera and Carrera S, Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S two and all-wheel drive specs, with either a 257kW/390Nm 3.4-litre or 294kW/440Nm 3.8-litre flat sixes, with seven-speed manual or PDK dual-clutch auto transmissions.

Malcolm Flynn
Back when all cars burned fuel and couldn't drive themselves, Mal was curing boredom by scanning every car his parents' VB Commodore drove past. His childhood appreciation for the car world exploded during a three-year stint in the US, and serious questions were asked when he spent a good chunk of his uni career perfecting lap times at Wakefield Park. Mal got his big break scooping the VE II Commodore, before a stint at Overlander magazine and kicking off his online career with The Motor Report in its heyday. These days he's exactly the same height as Michael Schumacher and uses his powers for good at the helm of CarsGuide's editorial team. Mal proudly shuns brand allegiance and counts three young kids, an EH Holden, NA MX-5, KE20 Corolla, W116 Mercedes-Benz and the world's most versatile Toyota Echo among his personal stable. He also craves a Subaru Vortex, so get in touch if you know where to find one.  
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