Porsche, as you know, introduced a new Targa variant of the 991 at the Detroit Motor Show, boasting about the fact that it’s a modern-day version of the original 1965 911 Targa, featuring the same sort of iconic styling details that made the original such a legend.
Cool, but we’re not sure that was a good idea. Sure, the car looks amazing. But as you can see in this video, these styling features make the Car roof lining repair unnecessarily complicated:
To make the 991 Targa look like the original 1965 model, Porsche gave it a large wraparound rear window. For the roof to be lowered or raised, this whole thing must open backwards, which not only takes up a lot of space, it takes 19 seconds to complete which is slower than most folding hardtop models. Plus, you can’t operate the roof while on the move.
Yep, the new Porsche 911 Targa roof operation is definitely a bit of a faff. You can’t help but think that a manual removable top like you get with the Lamborghini Aventador would be so much simpler, quicker, and lighter.
Still, some may argue that it’s a price worth paying for the retro looks, of which the wraparound window is a vital part to complement the silver B-pillar. Check out the 2015 Porsche 911 Targa in these pictures from Detroit Motor Show: