From the tires up until the belt-line, it looks like the new 992-generation Porsche 911. Yet checking out the rear quarters and the roof reveal something different—a design steeped in tradition. We refer to the latest iteration of the 911 Targa, available in Targa 4 and 4S models.
Offered since 1965, the Targa has always been one of Porsche’s most unique designs. It marries the security of the fixed roof version with the joys of open top motoring. It does this is by that trademark silver Targa bar that sits where the B-pillar would normally be. This is combined with a fabric top that retracts and opens in about 19 seconds for this generation.
But apart from that, you get the same 911 goodness with its twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-6 motor that puts out 379 bhp and 331 lb-ft for the Targa 4 and 443 bhp and 390 lb-ft for the Targa 4S. For now, it’s the 8-speed dual clutch gearbox that’s available, although the 7-speed stickshift will be offered later on for the purists out there.
These figures allow the 4 to hit 100 km/h from rest in around 4 seconds, while the 4S does the same in 3.4 ticks. Top speed is 288 km/h for the base Targa while the S reaches 302 km/h.
But why would anyone pay more for a Targa, you ask? While it may not be for everyone, the 911 Targa 4 and 4S have always been aimed at those folks that want the security of a traditional Coupe but pine for the open air experience offered by the Cabriolet. Porsche offers this in a package that, as mentioned above, has long been part of the 911 family.
Expect the new Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S to hit dealerships at the end of 2020.