Following on from the Coupé and Cabriolet, the third body variant of Porsche’s new 911 has been introduced, with the release of the all-wheel drive 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S models.
The distinguishing feature of the Targa is the fully automatic roof system and, like the original Targa model from 1965, it features a wide roll hoop, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wrap-around rear window. The roof can be opened and closed in around 19 seconds.
Both are powered by a six-cylinder, 3.0-litre boxer engine with twin turbochargers, delivering 283kW (385hp) to the Targa 4 and, in combination with the optional Sport Chrono package, it can accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, one-tenth faster than the previous iteration. The engine in the 911 Targa 4S boasts 331kW (450hp) and reaches the 100km/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 while the 4S peaks at 304 km/h.
Both sports cars are fitted with eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) as standard. Alternatively, the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with the newly developed seven-speed manual gearbox in some markets, which comes complete with the Sport Chrono package.
Pricing and launch date for New Zealand are not yet known.