New Porsche 911 Targa: Now in pictures

Ruben Fields
May 21, 2020

The head of Porsche's GT production sports cars, Dr. Frank-Steffen Walliser, spoke with Evo magazine and revealed there are not any plans to ditch the pair of turbos in the 911 Carrera. The Targa nameplate has been carried over five decades, most distinguished by the solid roll bar above the seats that is fronted by a fabric roof and encased at the rear by a glass bubble that finishes the unmistakeable 911 silhouette. It incorporates a fully automatic roof mechanism which, in the latest version, takes around 19 seconds to operate.

Both 911 Targa models are powered by a six-cylinder, three-liter twin-turbo boxer engine: the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 379 hp and accelerates from zero to 60 miles per hour in just 4.0 seconds when equipped with PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package - one tenth quicker than the previous model. Both the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, more specifically.

The 992 Targa sticks with the classic targa bar finished in silver, frameless doors and single piece curved rear windscreen, a design which debuted on the 1965 Porsche 911, and made a return with the 991 series model.

Alternatively, the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with the newly-developed seven-speed manual gearbox, with which the Sport Chrono package is included.

One of Porsche's most iconic iterations of the 911, the Targa, becomes the third model to be brought into the eighth generation 992 lineup, after the Coupe and Cabriolet.

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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.

"The 4-liter engine in the GTS can't be rotated through 180 degrees to fit in the 911".

While the look and versatility of today's 992-series 911 Targa is different from those of those 996 and 997 outliers, the new model continues to bridge the same gap between the hard- and soft-topped 911 Coupe and Cabriolet. This engine will be offered in two states of tune, with the Targa 4 producing 380bhp and 450Nm of torque while the Targa 4S (manual and PDK) making 444bhp and 530Nm of torque.

Like the 379 hp 911 Carrera models, the 911 Targa 4 comes standard with 235/40 ZR tires on 19-inch alloy wheels in front and 295/35 ZR tires on 20-inch wheels in the rear. Brakes on the Targa 4 are 330mm rotors with four-piston fixed monobloc callipers, growing to a 350mm six-piston/four-piston setup front-rear on the Targa 4S – with red callipers calling out the extra power of the model, in both acceleration and deceleration. 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. Porsche has also added its new InnoDrive package which includes adaptive cruise control and traffic Jam Assist that not only uses sensors and cameras, but the car's Global Positioning System to make the speed adjustment as predictable and as smooth as possible. As with the rest of the 992 911 range, the interior features a 10.9-inch Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system which includes Apple CarPlay functionality, online navigation based on swarm data as well as Connect Plus.

The Targa opens and closes within 19sec; the Cabriolet does it in 12sec.

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