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2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4: That Roof, That Roof, That Roof is on Fire

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Porsche NAIAS display: 911 Targa 4

Porsche NAIAS display: 911 Targa 4

If there’s one thing that’s particularly annoying about the trend of rebooting superhero movie franchises less than a decade after a sequel, it’s the inevitability of the “origin story movie.”  You know the one: we dip back into the hero’s earlier years and see what made them who they are.  Most of the times, it’s a mishandled, boring mess.

But sometimes, we get the beginning we need and deserve.  Sometimes, we learn interesting details about aspects of a character that cast a new and exciting light on minutiae we may have never given a second thought.  The same can be said, it seems, for Porsche: this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Porsche enthusiasts were treated to the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4, which updates the 1965 classic with a refreshingly modern flair.  Of particular interest: the roof.

No, really.  The roof.  Get a load of this.

Seriously, that teaser should have been called Droptop Begins and scored by Hans Zimmer.

The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa will come in two trim levels: Targa 4 and Targa 4S, both of which will benefit from that fancy bit of roof-retracting you saw above.  While it seems only natural that most of the talk about a new Porsche 911 would center around its performance—particularly when the Targa 4 gets 350 horsepower from a horizontally-opposed 3.4-liter six-cylinder and the Targa 4S gets 400 horsepower from a 3.8-liter six-cylinder—people can’t seem to stop talking about that topWhere does Porsche get those wonderful toys?

A top speed of 175 miles per hour and a zero-to-62 time of 5.0 flat, all with an impressive 32.5 mile per gallon fuel economy (with PDK transmission), and yet the show-stealing aspect of the 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S is, indeed, the roof.

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4

The 2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4 will start with an MSRP of $101,600, and the Targa 4S will begin at $116,200.  Deliveries to the U.S. are scheduled to begin this summer.  There’s nothing quite like a good summer blockbuster, after all.

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4

2014 Porsche 911 Targa 4

Austin Germain, son of owner Steve Germain, is an avid car lover and enjoys producing YouTube videos for the various dealerships. He is the Brand Experience Manager for Germain Motor Company, which includes working with Porsche of Ann Arbor, MINI of Ann Arbor, and VW of Ann Arbor.