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Porsche 911 Targa harkens back to 1965 design

The 2014 Targa will go on sale this summer.

The Porsche 911 Targa is ditching the sliding glass roof panel of its last iteration for a design that reaches back to the original Targa of 1965.

The 2014 models, which debuted today at the Detroit auto show, restore the Targa's classic hoop-shaped roof bar after a 21-year absence from the market.

But unlike the original Targa, this roof system is fully automatic. At the touch of a button, a rear glass window opens and tilts out of the way to allow a soft convertible top to fold down behind the rear seats. It takes 19 seconds to open or close the roof while the vehicle is parked.

The 2014 Targa will go on sale this summer. Two models are available: the Targa 4, with a 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine producing 350 hp; and the Targa 4S, with a 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine producing 400 hp. Both are all-wheel-drive.

The Targa 4 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds with a top speed of 175 mph. The 4S accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds with a top speed of 183 mph.

Targa 4 pricing starts at $102,595. The 4S starts at $117,195. Both figures include transportation.

You can reach Amy Wilson at awilson@crain.com -- Follow Amy on Twitter: @theamywilson

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