Officially unveiled to the world at the Detroit Motor Show 2014, the brand new 2014 Porsche 911 Targa was definitely the star of Porsche’s Detroit booth. However, a selection of other notable models were there including the new Macan Turbo, Panamera Turbo S and a stunning 918 Spyder Weissach Package.
As for the new Porsche 911 Targa, it features a similar roof design to the original 911 Targa. This means it has a characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars. It gets a movable roof section above the driver and passenger, and a wrap-around rear window with no C-pillar. The difference is that the new model can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When fully lowered, the roof top is towed behind the rear seats. The roof is part soft top, part glass rear window.
The Porsche 991 Targa gets a rear-biased Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system fitted as standard. As the Porsche 991 Targa is based on the 991 4 and 991 4S, it gets a wide-body look.The two models are both fitted with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche 991 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp flat-six engine. The Porsche 991 Targa 4S 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from a displacement of 3.8 litres.
As for the new Porsche Macan Turbo on display, it features a 3.6-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine producing 400 hp at 6000 rpm. This power has been achieved thanks to the turbochargers running boost pressure of 17.4 psi. Consequently, the SUV will sprint from 0 to 96 km/h in just 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 263 km/h. When it is equipped with the Sport Chrono package the 0-96 km/h sprint drops to 4.4 seconds. Just like the standard Macan S, the Macan Turbo is fitted standard with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) transmission.
A key technical feature on the 2014 Porsche Macan is Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus). This system has been specifically tailored for use in the Macan and uses a variable standard torque split at the rear wheels alongside an electronically controlled rear axle differential lock. The system measures steering angle, steering speed, accelerator pedal position and vehicle speed and can improve cornering through targeted braking on the inside rear wheel.
Another star was the Panamera Turbo S. it features an upgraded 4.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8 delivering an insane 570 hp! That is an impressive 50 hp more than the standard Panamera Turbo.
Finally, Porsche brought along a Weissach Package equipped 918 Spyder. The headline for the Weissach Package is improved performance. From zero to 100 km/h takes just 2.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the standard model. It takes just 7.2 seconds to travel from zero to 200 km/h in 7.2 seconds (a 0.5 second reduction), and 19.9 seconds to pass the 300 km/h mark (a 2.1 second reduction). Needless to say, this is the car that set the Nurburgring lap time!