Since 1965, the 911 Targa has been creating more windblown hair and toupee mishaps than a second-rate barber shop. Unveiled this week at the big auto show in Detroit, the 2014 911 Targa keeps some of its roots intact, while also firmly facing the future. The wide, silver, hooplike roll bar is there, and the wraparound rear windshield will surely offer brief glimpses of envious onlookers. Best of all, a simple push of the button brings the roof back and down behind the rear seats.
With the least expensive model, the Targa 4 (still, $102,595), you get the standard all-wheel drive and the 350-horsepower 3.4-liter flat-6 cylinder engine, with a choice of 7-speed manual, or Porsche’s PDK dual-clutch transmission. Porsche says the Targa 4 will do 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds. A 400 hp version is also available.