|993 Series (1994-1998)|
As usual with new models from Porsche the Coupe was introduced first then the cabriolet. Later (for the '96 series) the Glass roof Targa was introduced.
Although Porsche continually refine and improve their range every year, the next major change was the introduction of the 285hp 'Varioram' motor for the 1996 series.
The C4 models were more costly new (about $6000) and available in coupe or convertible body styles, but only with manual gearbox. On the used market Carrera 4 may cost a little more than Carrera 2.
Visually the 2 and 4 wheel drive cars looked almost identical other than the Carrera 4 had white indicators on the front and red on the back compared to the Carrera's which are orange on the front, plus C4 had silver painted brake callipers.
During 1994 Porsche announced that a Targa version of the 993 would not be available. However in 1995 a new Targa was introduced. Totally different from the Targa's of previous models - this was an elegant (and complex) system of sliding glass with electric operation based on the chassis of a convertible.
The roof of the car is composed of 3 glass panels (a wind deflector, the sunroof and the rear screen).
The main panel can be electrically operated to slide down inside the rear screen of the car, emulating a Cabriolet. Meanwhile the glass wind deflector motors up and reduces interior wind buffeting. Additionally a 'blind' motors in to hide inside the headlining above the sun visors.
start life as a cabriolet body with the 'Targa' assembly bolted into place.
To drive you have a choice of options;
1/ With the roof shut and blind in place it is like driving a coupe;
2/ With the roof shut and the blind retracted you have a panoramic view, very light and quite special;
3/ Next you can open the first section of glass, a flip up wind deflector which gives nice fresh air circulation;
4/ Or you
can slide open the whole glass panel (it slides inside the rear screen)
and have an open air Porsche
The 993 Targa was introduced for the 1996 model year, so all examples are likely to be 285hp varioram cars. Like most things Porsche, there are anomalies, for example I found a very early Targa registered July 1995 with a 272hp motor. Porsche 993 Targa were only available as 2 wheel drive, manual or tiptronic.
The Targa had a unique alloy wheel. 17" in two pieces, the centre secured to the rim by 24 Bolts. Regular single piece 17" Cup design were optional.