“After launching its coupe and cabriolet models, Porsche has premiered their 911 Targa in 4 and 4S variants.”
First introduced in 1965, Porsche has launched its latest rendition of the unique drophead Targa 911 which will debut in all-wheel drive and available in Targa 4 and Targa 4S models. As it was in its inception, a distinguishing feature of the Targa remains its innovative, fully automatic roof system and, just like the legendary original Targa model from 1965, it features a characteristic wide roll hoop, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window. The roof can be comfortably opened and closed in just 19 seconds.
With this 2020 model, Porsche has further developed its chassis for more comfort and safety. This is thanks to the innovative Porsche Active Suspension Management which adjust damping characteristics and comes as a standard feature on the Targa. As is with its other Porsche siblings, the unique drophead models are fitted with Porsche Wet mode which guarantees maximum driving stability. Traction is taken care of by Porsche Traction Management on all road conditions as it has been optimised by further development of the front axle.
Observed from outside, the Targa is inspired by design elements of the 992 and compared to it predecessors, the new model features significantly more pronounced wheel housings at the front and, between its LED headlights, its bonnet has a distinctive recess evoking the design of the first 911 generations. Its rear is dominated by its wider, variably extending rear spoiler and seamlessly integrated, elegant light bar. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is made from aluminium.
Within the unique drophead is an interior that’s characterised by clear and straight lines from its dashboard to instruments. A Porsche style central rev counter is housed together with two thin freeform displays which provide vehicle information to the driver. Five buttons that allow control and access to vehicle information are housed below a 10.9-inch PCM screen equipped with Apple CarPlay and Navigation.
Both 911 Targa models are powered by 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo-powered engines with outputs of 283kW and 450Nm for the Targa 4 while the Targa 4S generates 331kW and 530Nm. Both models reach a 100km/h mark in 4.2 seconds and 3.6 seconds respectively topping speeds at 289km/h and 3.04km/h each. Mated to the engines is an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission with the option of Targa 4S to be ordered in a seven-speed manual.
Driving dynamics setup for the 911 Targa 4 includes 235/40 ZR tyres on 19-inch alloy wheels on the front axle and 295/35 ZR tyres on 20-inch wheels on the rear axle. As standard, the 4S model is fitted with 245/35 ZR tyres on its 20-inch front wheels and 305/30 ZR tyres on its 21-inch rears. On the Targa 4, deceleration is taken care of on both axles by 330-millimetre brake discs with black four-piston monobloc fixed callipers. The red-painted brake callipers on the Targa 4S have six pistons at the front axle, four at the rear while its discs measure 350 mm front and rear. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake can be ordered as an option.