The 2014 Targa features a curved glass rear window that, at the touch of a button, lifts out of the way to allow the cloth roof to fold up and stow behind the rear seats.

2014 Detroit auto show: Why Porsche fans like the 'real' 911 Targa
AMY WILSON

Why Porsche fans like the 'real' 911 Targa

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With the 2014 model unveiled today at the Detroit auto show, Porsche aficionados are applauding the return of what some describe as the "real" 911 Targa.

The difference with this model versus the sports car brand's recent iterations of the semi-convertible variant? It's all about the Targa roof bar, which debuted on the original 911 Targa show car in 1965. Porsche ditched the bar in the 1990s in favor of a retractable glass roof panel.

But outside of the retro look, this roof is like nothing from the 1960s.

The 2014 Targa features a curved glass rear window that, at the touch of a button, lifts out of the way to allow the cloth roof to fold up and stow behind the rear seats. The roof bar itself has two flaps that open to release the soft top's mechanical arms. Porsche says the roof can open or close in 19 seconds.

It sure beats stowing the top in your garage.

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