Redesigned headlights and a smaller steering wheel are fine, but the most important changes are found under the rear decklid. Like the Coupe and Cabriolet, both the 911 Targa 4 and 4S are equipped with Porsche’s new 3.0-liter flat-six powerplant. Displacement is lower than before, but the addition of two turbochargers makes up for it, and the final result is more power and more torque (not to mention up to 12 percent higher efficiency).
The base model Targa 4 produces 370 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, while the 4S adds modified compressor wheels, a new exhaust, and a new engine tune to bump peak output to 420 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. A seven-speed manual transmission comes standard on both models, while Porsche’s indispensable seven-speed dual-clutch PDK is optional.
All in all, the heavier Targa models only take an extra 0.2 seconds to reach 60 mph compared to the Coupe. Even more impressive is the fact that, for the first time ever, this AWD 911 accelerates quicker than its RWD equivalent (not including the monster 911 Turbo, of course).
Of course, being a Targa, you get that unique open-top style, complete with silver Targa-bar B-pillars and wrap-around rear window glass. All together, the Targa offers the suggestion of a roofline when viewed in profile, which to my eye, looks far better than the topless Cabriolet. It’s unlimited headroom, but in a more graceful package.
Yes, the 911 Targa is for showmen (and women), but it delivers on its styling promise with an exceptional driving experience which is hard to beat, even with, dare we say it…a turbo in the boot.
The Targa is at its best on an open, sweeping road with the sun beating down. The cabin is spacious up front, and buffeting with the roof down is kept to a minimum. It’s beautifully built, too, with loads of soft leather and a responsive touchscreen infotainment system.
Sporty not kitschy, practical not fanciful. The five round instruments have one purpose above all: to provide information. They do so efficiently and accurately with a styling that you would expect from Porsche, and a rev counter that’s right in the middle. With the ‘GTS’ logo on the dial. The instrument cluster with high-resolution 4.6-inch colour screen delivers a continuous stream of data from the on-board computer.
What’s the use of inner drive without a clear objective? It’s all the more important to have an interior that lets you concentrate on the essentials. By giving you quick access to all the information you need while you’re driving. A particularly sporty interpretation of this idea is the mode switch on the GT Sport steering wheel, which enables you to choose from four driving modes.
One final option of note is the electro-hydraulic lift feature, which increases front ground clearance by 40 mm (1.57 inches). Push a button, and five seconds later you’ll be able to navigate speed bumps and angled driveways without scraping that finely chiseled, road-hugging Porsche chin.
Finally, keeping it all rubber-side-down is the standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system, which comes with new shock absorbers and lowers the ride height by 10 mm (0.39 inches), all in the name of striking a balance between comfort and sportiness.
There’s also Porsche’s Dynamic Light System offered as an available option, which comes with speed-sensitive beam-range adjustability, adverse weather functionality, and a pivot function that helps to illuminate around corners. Finally, there’s the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus, which comes with LEDs, plus an automatic high/low beam function.
|911 Targa 4||911 Targa 4S|
|Engine layout||Rear Engine||Rear Engine|
|Engine type||Boxer, twin-turbo||Boxer, twin-turbo|
|Valves per cylinder||4||4|
|Construction||Aluminum crankcase and heads||Aluminum crankcase and heads|
|Fuel injection||Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)||Direct Fuel Injection (DFI)|
|Displacement (Liters)||3.0 l||3.0 l|
|Bore/Stroke (mm/mm)||91.0 mm / 76.0 mm||91.0 mm / 76.0 mm|
|Maximum power output @ engine speed||370 hp @ 6500||420 hp @ 6500|
|Maximum torque @ engine speed||331 lb.-ft. @ 1700-5000||368 lb.-ft. @ 1700-5000|
|Maximum engine speed||7500||7500|
|Compression ratio||10.0 : 1||10.0 : 1|
|Output per liter||124.1 hp||140.0 hp|
|Lubrication||Integrated dry-sump||Integrated dry-sump|
|Electrical System||12 V, 2450 W alternator; battery capacity 80 Ah||12 V, 2940 W alternator; battery capacity 80 Ah|
|Power to weight ratio (lb/hp)||9.4 (manual) / 9.5 (PDK)||8.3 (manual) / 8.4 (PDK)|
|Drivetrain||Active all-wheel drive||Active all-wheel drive|
|Chassis & Suspension|
|Body||Monocoque lightweight body in a combination of steel, aluminum, and magnesium||Monocoque lightweight body in a combination of steel, aluminum, and magnesium|
|Front Axle||MacPherson strut with anti-roll bar||MacPherson strut with anti-roll bar|
|Rear Axle||Aluminum multi-link with anti-roll bar||Aluminum multi-link with anti-roll bar|
|Steering System||Variable ratio electromec. power steering||Variable ratio electromec. power steering|
|Steering Ratio||16.6 : 1 (on-center) to 12.5 : 1||16.6 : 1 (on-center) to 12.5 : 1|
|Steering Ratio with rear-axle steering||not available||15.0 : 1 (on-center) to 12.5 : 1|
|Turning Circle||36.7 ft||36.7 ft / 35.1 ft. (with rear axle steering)|
|Brakes & Wheels|
|Caliper type||Aluminum monobloc fixed-caliper brake||Aluminum monobloc fixed-caliper brake|
|Number of pistons (front/rear)||4 / 4||6 / 4|
|Rotor diameter (front/rear) mm||330 mm / 330 mm||350 mm / 330 mm|
|Rotor thickness (front/rear) mm||34 mm / 28 mm||34 mm / 28 mm|
|Standard wheels||19" Carrera||20" Carrera S|
|Wheels (front/rear)||8.5J x 19" / 11.5J x 19"||8.5J x 20" / 11.5J x 20"|
|Tires (front/rear)||235/40 ZR 19 / 295/35 ZR 19||245/35 ZR 20 / 305/30 ZR 20|
|City||19 mpg (manual) / 22 mpg (PDK)||19 mpg (manual) / 21 mpg (PDK)|
|Highway||28 mpg (manual) / 28 mpg (PDK)||28 mpg (manual) / 28 mpg (PDK)|
|Combined||22 mpg (manual) / 24 mpg (PDK)||22 mpg (manual) / 24 mpg (PDK)|
|911 Targa 4||911 Targa 4S|
|Dimensions, Aerodynamics, & Weight|
|Length (inches/mm)||177.1 in. / 4499 mm||177.1 in. / 4499 mm|
|Wheelbase (inches/mm)||96.5 in. / 2450 mm||96.5 in. / 2450 mm|
|Width w/ mirrors (inches/mm)||77.9 in. / 1978 mm||77.9 in. / 1978 mm|
|Width w/o mirrors (inches/mm)||72.9 in. / 1852 mm||72.9 in. / 1852 mm|
|Height||50.7 in. / 1288 mm||50.9 in. / 1293 mm|
|Track width front (inches/mm)||60.7 in. / 1541 mm||60.7 in. / 1543 mm|
|Track width rear (inches/mm)||61.3 in. / 1558 mm||61.3 in. / 1558 mm|
|Drag coefficient (Cd)||0.30||0.30|
|Cargo area volume (cu.-ft.) front trunk||125 l / 4.41 cu.-ft.||125 l / 4.41 cu.-ft.|
|Cargo area volume (cu.-ft.) rear seats||160 l / 5.65 cu.-ft.||160 l / 5.65 cu.-ft.|
|Fuel tank capacity - refill volume (gal)||17.9 gal.||17.9 gal.|
|Curb weight (lbs)||3461 lbs. (man.) / 3505 lbs. (PDK)||3483 lbs. (man.) / 3527 lbs. (PDK)|
|Gross Vehicle Weight (lbs)||4133 lbs. (man.) / 4166 lbs. (PDK)||4243 lbs. (man.) / 4276 lbs. (PDK)|
|Payload range (lbs)||672 lbs. (man.) / 661 lbs. (PDK)||760 lbs. (man.) / 749 lbs. (PDK)|
|Top track speed manual (mph)||179 mph||188 mph|
|Top track speed PDK (mph)||178 mph||187 mph|
|Acceleration 0-60 manual (sec)||4.5 sec.||4.2 sec.|
|Acceleration 0-60 PDK (sec)||4.3 sec.||4.0 sec.|
|Acceleration 0-60 PDK with Launch Control (sec)||4.1 sec.||3.8 sec.|
|Quarter mile time manual (sec)||12.9 sec.||12.6 sec.|
|Quarter mile time PDK (sec)||12.7 sec.||12.4 sec.|
|Quarter mile time PDK with Launch Control (sec)||12.6 sec.||12.1 sec.|
|Number of gears||7||7|
|Transmission type||7-speed manual / 7-speed PDK||7-speed manual / 7-speed PDK|
|1st||3.91 / 3.91||3.91 / 3.91|
|2nd||2.29 / 2.29||2.29 / 2.29|
|3rd||1.58 / 1.58||1.58 / 1.58|
|4th||1.18 / 1.18||1.18 / 1.18|
|5th||0.94 / 0.94||0.94 / 0.94|
|6th||0.79 / 0.79||0.79 / 0.79|
|7th||0.62 / 0.62||0.62 / 0.62|
|Reverse||3.55 / 3.55||3.55 / 3.55|
|Final drive ratio front axle||3.46 / 3.46||3.46 / 3.46|
|Total Rear Axle Ratio||3.09 / 3.09||3.09 / 3.09|
|Clutch/Converter diameter (inches)||9.0 inches (man.) / 8.0 / 6.0 inches (PDK)||9.0 inches (man.) / 8.0 / 6.0 inches (PDK)|
*Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price. Excludes options; taxes; title; registration; delivery, processing and handling fee; dealer charges. Dealer sets actual selling price.