2015 Detroit Auto Show: Porsche introduces the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS

Article by Christian A., on January 12, 2015

In order to mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche unveiled at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) the all-new 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS. For those who don’t know, it is the first time we see a GTS version of the Targa and as expected, the vehicle promises to deliver open-air fun with a targa top.

Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter boxer engine that generates 430 hp and 440 Nm (324.5 lb-ft) of torque at 5,750 rpm. Bolted to a PDK transmission, the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.3 seconds (0-60 mph in 4.1 seconds), while top speed is in excess of 300 km/h or 186 mph.

Despite the impressive performances, fuel consumption ranges from 9.2 to 10.0 l/100 km, same as for the 911 Targa 4S. When it comes to design, the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS features smoked bi-xenon headlights that feature the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, sport design door mirrors as well as the “GTS” signature on the doors.

In addition, the vehicle features the “targa” logo on the silver rollover protection bar painted in silky gloss black, while the black accents at the rear are the glossy trim on the air inlet screen, the model logo and chrome tailpipes.

Moreover, the 911 Targa 4 GTS features wider rear wheel arches (+22 millimeters) as well as wider rear tires. According to Porsche, the 911 (991) Targa 4 GTS will be launched in Germany from mid-March 2015 and will start at 137,422 euros, including 19% VAT.

Porsche 911 Targa elegantly blends the timeless design of the original Targa and the modern sportiness of the seventh generation of the 911. By returning to the original concept that features a fixed Targa bar, the new models relive the legend of the 911 Targa and renew the Targa tradition through an innovative roof concept.

The roof system 911 Targa is made up of two moving parts: a soft top and a glass rear window. The glass rear window opens to the rear and tilts with a single push of a button, and is then joined to the stowage box lid. At the same moment, the two flaps in the Targa bar open and release the soft top kinematics.

Once unlatched, the soft top folds to the rear into a Z-shape and then stows behind the rear seats. The soft top is then integrated into a panel running across the 911 Targa just behind the rear seats. Lastly, the bar flaps and the rear window close. Once the soft top is neatly stowed, users could manually adjust the wind deflector integrated in the cowl to reduce interior draught.

The roof can be opened or closed in just 19 seconds – through the controls on the center console – when the car is not moving. A standard integrated rear ParkAssist could monitor the area behind the 911 Targa while the roof is being opened or being closed, thereby emitting a warning sound once an obstacle is detected within less than 40 cm. This effectively prevents the rear window from colliding with the object behind the Porsche 911 Targa.

The roof system features a roof shell and magnesium roof bows that could tightly stretch the high-quality fabric hood, as derived from the panel bow roof technology of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet. Extra level of insulation under the soft top doesn’t only offer thermal protection, but also lowers driving noise when the roof is deployed.

Press Release

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche is offering this very popular model in the more powerful and dynamic GTS version for the first time. The targa concept of the 911 Targa 4 GTS delivers very safe driving enjoyment with all-wheel drive and a rollover protection bar; it also delivers open-air fun with a targa top that stows fully automatically.

Contributing to a boost in dynamic performance are the 430 hp (316 kW) GTS engine together with the standard Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis, 20-inch wheels and a sport exhaust system.

Despite its significantly extended features, the weight-to-power ratio with the 430-hp engine was improved from 3.9 kg to just 3.6 kg per horsepower compared to the S model. This lets the Targa 4 GTS reach a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph) with a PDK transmission, and the stopwatch records 4.3 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0 - 60mph in 4.1 seconds). Although the engine produces an additional 30 hp (22 kW), its combined fuel consumption - which ranges from 9.2 to 10.0 l/100 km, depending on the type of transmission - is exactly the same as for the 911 Targa 4 S.

The latest Targa can be made out at first glance as a GTS model with all-wheel drive, because - compared to the two-wheel drive 911 Carrera models - the rear wheel arches are flared an additional 22 millimeters, and the rear tires are ten millimeters wider. The front view is defined by the sport design of the car's front end with an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator and the smoked bi-xenon headlights that feature the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). In a side view, characteristic GTS attributes are the silky gloss black 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, the sport design door mirrors and "GTS" signatures on the doors. The "targa" logo on the silver rollover protection bar is also painted in silky gloss black. Black accents at the rear are the glossy trim on the air inlet screen, the model logo and the chrome tailpipes.

GTS DNA also defines the interior of the 911 Targa 4 GTS. Integrated at the center of the instrument panel is the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono package. In the front, the four-way adjustable Sport Plus seats - with their black GTS logo on the head restraints - provide additional lateral support and long-distance cruising comfort for driver and passenger. The dominant interior material is black Alcantara, which is just half the weight of leather.

The targa has been an established member of the 911 lineup since it made its debut back in 1965. Around one out of eight 911 cars ever sold was a targa. The market share of the latest generation of this exquisitely styled 911 with its characteristic rollover protection bar is 13 percent - and it is growing. With the 911 Targa 4 GTS, Porsche is extending its lineup of the modern classic by adding a top model whose extensive package of standard features and price are appealing.

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will be launched in Germany from mid-March 2015. The price is 137,422 Euro including value added tax and country-specific features.

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