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.