The Porsche 911 Targa has been available to the discerning consumer for fifty years. In honor of this, Porsche has upgraded the latest offering by adding GTS performance for the first time. The car was first unveiled at the Detroit motor show earlier this year and was slightly overshadowed by the Porsche Cayenne Turbo S with its impressive Nurburgring lap time. Would you spend £102k on a Porsche? Because you should, especially if that Porsche is not an SUV but a Targa with mind-blowing GTS performance.
Porsche 911 Targa comes equipped with four wheel drive and a powerful 3.8 liter flat six engine generating an impressive 430 horsepower. The sport chrono pack and PASM chassis are standard alongside matt black 20” alloy wheels. Active suspension is also standard and provides the convenience of changing the set up at a push of a button. This takes the car from standard mode to race car for more torque and better handling at the cost of ride quality. The four wheel drive means it has the wider stance, flared wheel arches and wide rear end which is now commonly associated with the classic 911.
The 911 Targa 4 should get you from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds and take you to a top speed of 186mph. It comes with a manual transmission although the option of the automatic PDK is available. Surprisingly the fuel economy figures are the same as the non GTS version – 30.7 mpg.
Porsche created the Targa in response to safety restrictions on open top cars by America. The simple solution was the additional of a rollover bar which created a semi-enclosed car. This bar is still a feature of today’s Targa’s. The car has become such a success that one in eight 911’s which are sold are Targa’s. The name Targa was adopted after the Italian road race “Targa Florio”.
Performance as standard
Porsche has a reputation for creating high powered, luxurious sports car with maximum driver feedback. The Targa adds the delight of the wind blowing through your hair as you whip along at impressive speeds with a car designed to stay on the road. Black is the color of choice for the wheels, the newly designed sport grille and the GTS badges whilst the still present rollover bar is silver alongside the slim side skirts.
The roof is now operated electronically whilst the black sports seats are trimmed in alcantra with a red double stitched GTS logo on their headrests. The three dial instrument panel sits in front of the driver – as with so many of the Porsche cars. There is also the additional of the sports chrono stop watch in the middle of the dashboard. Does it get any better than this?
The car is fitted with LED Bi-xenon headlights and Porsche’s Dynamic Light System – this allows the headlights to swivel towards the inside of a bend. The angle is controlled by the central computer and takes into account road speed and how far the steering wheel is being turned. It also automatically adjusts the range of the lights to maximize the view of the road ahead.
The car comes with a standard CDR audio system. There is a total of 235 watts from the onboard amplifier and nine speakers ensure the perfect sound quality – even when cruising at high speed with the top down. The system also has a 7 inch touch screen and there is an option to upgrade to the Porsche Communication Management System. This adds the capability to play DVD’s, connect an iPod or similar music device via a USB connection, upload up to 5,000 songs to the onboard hard drive or even download the performance data from the car.
This option also includes Porsche’s latest GPS technology and the onboard navigation system will allow for the latest traffic information and offers dynamic route guidance in participating countries. In total, Porsche’s newest 911 Targa 4 comes with every device you could need to ensure it is a pleasure to drive and an exhilarating experience every time. In terms of price, this beauty starts at £58,651 and there are many packages available for avid driver in love with speed, and Porsche.
John Smith is a car enthusiast and loves writing about his favorite cars. He also works for a site https://www.design911.co.uk/ offering Porsche parts, spares and accessories.