Following on from the Coupé and Cabriolet, Porsche launches the third body variant of the new Porsche 911 generation with the debut of the all-wheel drive 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. The distinguishing feature of the Targa remains its innovative, fully automatic roof system. Just like the legendary original model from 1965, it features a wide roll bar, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window. The roof can be comfortably opened and closed in 19 seconds.
The new models are powered by a six-cylinder, three-litre boxer engine with twin turbochargers: the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 385 PS (283 kW) and, in combination with the optional Sport Chrono package, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds (one tenth faster than before). The engine in the 911 Targa 4S boasts 450 PS (331 kW) and reaches the 100 km/h mark in just 3.6 seconds under the same conditions (four tenths faster than its predecessor). Top speed of the 911 Targa 4 is 289 km/h (up two km/h), while the 4S peaks at 304 km/h (up three km/h).
Both sports cars are fitted with eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) as standard to deliver maximum driving pleasure. Thanks to the enhanced Smartlift function, a higher ground clearance can now be programmed for everyday use. The list of options is further enhanced by an extensive range from Porsche Tequipment and new personalisation options from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Porsche will further extend the combination of traditional style elements, timeless design and cutting-edge technology in a special edition of the 911 Targa, which will make its debut beginning of June.
Efficient biturbo boxer engine
Like the 911 Carrera models, both 911 Targa variants profit from the more powerful turbocharged three-litre six-cylinder boxer engines, resulting in further enhanced performance and everyday usability. The engine in the 911 Targa 4 produces 385 PS (283 kW) at 6,500 rpm, which is 15 hp (11 Kw) more than its predecessor. Maximum torque of 450 newton metres is delivered across a wide engine speed range of between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm. With 450 PS (331 kW), the 911 Targa 4S delivers 30 hp (22 kW) more output than its predecessor and generates maximum torque of 530 Nm (up 30 Nm) between 2,300 and 5,000 rpm.
Optimised all-wheel drive for better traction
The enhanced performance of the new all-wheel drive models goes hand-in-hand with further developments of the front-axle drive. The clutch and differential unit is water-cooled and has reinforced clutch discs for greater robustness and a higher load capacity. The increased actuating torque at the clutch improves its adjustment accuracy and the function of the additional front-axle drive. Overall, the enhanced front-axle drive with Porsche Traction Management (PTM) contributes to even better traction in all road conditions.
Further developed chassis for more comfort and safety
The electronically controlled variable damping system Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is part of the standard equipment for the new 911 Targa models. This system automatically adjusts the damping characteristics in terms of driving comfort and handling to each driving situation and has two manually adjustable maps, Normal and Sport. Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus), which includes an electronic rear differential lock with fully variable torque distribution, is added as standard equipment for the Targa 4S and is available as an option on the Targa 4. Like the other Porsche 911 variants of the latest generation, the Targa models are also equipped with Porsche Wet mode as standard.
The driving dynamics setup for the 911 Targa 4 includes 19-inch alloy wheels on the front axle and 20-inch wheels on the rear axle. As standard, the 4S model is fitted with 20-inch front wheels and 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 (PCCB) can be ordered as an option.
Extravagant Targa design with a modern interpretation
The exterior of the 911 Targa is characterised by the design elements of its 992 model generation. Compared to its predecessors, its body 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.
The interior echoes the 911 Carrera models and is characterised by the clear and straight lines of its dashboard and its recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Alongside the central rev counter, a defining feature for Porsche, two thin, frameless freeform displays extend the information provided to the driver. A compact switch unit with five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions is located below the 10.9-inch centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM).
The new 911 Targa models are available to order now with first units arriving from September 2020 onwards. Information on the basic retail price, model specifications and local availability can be obtained at the nearest Porsche Centre.