The 992 era Porsche 911 has so far been a very welcome evolution of the 911 formula, but while the standard model has enjoyed its time in the spotlight, Porsche has confirmed that the parade of new variants will indeed continue through the COVID-19 pandemic with the German sports car company revealing that the Targa model will be making its virtual debut next Monday on May 18th via a virtual unveiling event.
The car was originally supposed to have a formal unveiling at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, but that event was cancelled along with a second unveiling attempt at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. The shadowy teaser image that Porsche revealed do not reveal too much key information, but the images did reveal that the novel targa top will indeed carryover to the 992 era car. We suspect that the new Targa variant will be limited to certain trims, with the outgoing version being available only in 4, 4S, and GTS versions of the 911. As for the new one, we suspect that it will initially arrive in 4 and 4S guises since Porsche has so far not released any evidence of the GTS in either coupe or convertible forms just yet. Look for that to change shortly after launch especially once the Targa has a chance to firmly establish itself in the marketplace.
As for the rest of the changes that could be in store for the model, look for the upcoming Targa to perhaps have some trim and equipment differences to help them stand out from lesser 911 models. Dark metal accents did make a brief appearance in the teaser video, but we suspect that brighter metalwork will be available too for those that prefer to stay in the light side. Other than the funky roof mechanism, it appears that the bulk of the exterior styling will be largely unchanged from the standard model, with the Targa having the same tweaked front fascia, and the wide rear hips that make it look like its poised for action.
As mentioned, the upcoming Targa model will make its world debut on Monday, we will have the link for the live event on our social media channels. In the mean time you can check out the original teaser video here below.
Carl Malek has been an automotive journalist for over 10 years. First starting out as a freelance photographer before making the transition to writing during college, his work has appeared on numerous automotive forums as well as websites such as Autoshopper.com.
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