Porsche has revealed the latest member of the base 911 family – the Targa, which comes with a fancy but heavy folding roof
Torn between buying a Porsche 911 coupe or a Cabriolet? The Targa is back to offer something between homes with its smart folding roof.
It’s the last centerpiece of the 992 911 lineup to be revealed, and like the last, you can only get it in AWD. Like its predecessor, it is the heaviest member of the 992 family.
At 1675 kg, it’s 40 kg heavier than the already fleshy 992 Carrera 4S Cabriolet, which means that the clever folding mechanism adds 110kg compared to the coupe. Fortunately, there is a lot of power to overcome the mass – the basic Targa 4 develops 380 hp and 332 lb ft from its 3.0-liter flat six-cylinder, while the Targa 4S produces 444 hp and 391 lb pi from a more lively version of the same engine.
The base car will reach 62 mph in 4.2 seconds – two tenths slower than a Carrera coupe – continuing at a top speed of 180 mph. The Targa 4S manages the same sprint in 3.6 seconds – again, two tenths slower than its tin cousin, but four tenths faster than the former – short of puff at 189 mph. The caveat is that you will have to opt for the eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission and the Sport Chrono package if you want to reach these acceleration figures.
If you’re happy with the slightly slower acceleration times, a new seven-speed manual transmission is available. Porsche no longer charges less for 911s with a gear lever – instead, the PDK is standard and the manual is a free option.
The folding roof works much like the 991 Targa, with much of the bodywork – including the rear greenhouse – lifting up to allow the fabric roof to be stowed behind a retro-style hoop. The mechanism takes 19 seconds to do its job, seven seconds slower than the conventional 992 cloth.
The Targa gets PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) as standard, as well as PTV (Porsche Torque Vectoring) Plus, assuming you have opted for a 4S. The latter – which includes an electronically controlled locking rear differential – is optional on the Targa 4. The Sport Chrono package is slid for free if you specify the manual, but the normally optional gizmo doesn’t have as many features when it is not paired with a car.
Both versions of the car are priced the same as their nearby all-wheel-drive Cabriolet. You will need to spend at least £ 98,170 for a Targa 4 and £ 109,725 for a Targa 4S. What method do you prefer for driving 911 outdoors?