The distinguishing feature of the new Porsche 911 Targa remains its innovative roof system that combines the sleek appearance of a coupe with the indulgence of open-topped motoring when desired.
The latest inception of the 911 Targa still takes design cues from the legendary 1965 original, such as the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars aft of the doors, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window – with no C-pillar. Unlike the classic models, however, the roof can be comfortably opened and closed in just 19 seconds. Pioneered in the prior generation model, when the button is pressed the fully-automatic system stows the roof top behind the rear seats, providing a choreographed cinematic spectacle in the process.
Power for the Targa models is true to the Porsche 911 tradition in its use of a charismatic flat-six, rear-mounted engine. Like its Coupé and Cabriolet siblings, the 3.0-litre flat-six engine with twin turbochargers in the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 385 PS (+15 PS). In combination with the optional Sport Chrono package, acceleration from 0-62 mph is possible in 4.2 seconds – one tenth faster than before. Where permitted, top speed of the 911 Targa 4 is 180 mph. WLTP Combined fuel consumption is 25.9 – 26.9 mpg, equivalent to 239 – 247 g/km CO2 Combined.
The flat-six engine in the 911 Targa 4S offers 450 PS (+30 PS) and accelerates from 0-62 mph in 3.6 seconds under the same conditions – four tenths faster than its predecessor. Top speed for the 4S is 189 mph, where permitted, and WLTP Combined fuel consumption is 25.4 – 27.2 mpg, equivalent to 236 – 253 g/km CO2 Combined.
Both models feature an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and intelligent Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive is standard on each 911 Targa to deliver confident dynamic performance in all weathers and road conditions. As a no-cost option, and to further amplify the pure driving experience of the open-roof style, the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with the new seven-speed manual gearbox, with which the Sport Chrono package is combined.
The new models are available to order from Porsche Centres in the UK and Ireland from today, arriving with customers from August. The 911 Targa 4 is priced from £98,170.00 RRP and the 911 Targa 4S from £109,725.00.00 RRP.