As promised by the German sports car manufacturer, the Porsche 911 Targa has officially made its debut today. Arguably one of the most beautiful members of the 911 family, the Porsche 911’s iconic Targa top has always offered the benefits of an open-top 911 whilst still maintaining the iconic and beautiful silhouette of the 911 coupe.
Originally marketed as a safe cabriolet with an anti-roll bar, the Targa–with its retractable roof, soon established itself as an independent concept and has now become a style icon. The new Porsche 911 Targa models continue to feature that trademark silver “safety” bar–which Porsche now calls the “Targa Bar.” This signature design trait has always been the defining feature of the 911 Targa models.
The 911 Targa’s fabric roof can be deployed and retracted into the silver bars in 19 seconds. Interestingly, the new 911 Targa is not much heavier than the soft-top 911 convertible, with only a few kilograms separating the two body styles. The negligible weight difference is very much reflected in the 911 Targa’s performance figures.
Offered only as AWD Targa 4 and 4S variants, the newest members of the 992 generation are powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo 6-cylinder boxer engine mounted at the rear. This engine produces 379 hp for the Targa 4 and 443 hp for the 4S. An 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is standard will a 7-speed manual will be available soon as an option.
With the 8-speed dual-clutch and optional Sport Chrono package fitted as standard, the all-new 911 Targa 4 can sprint from zero to 100 kph in just 4.2 seconds, while the 4S can do it in just 3.6 seconds. Both figures are faster than their predecessors and just about match the performance figures of the 911 convertible. Top speed for the Targa 4 is 289 kph and 304 kph for the 4S.
The Porsche 911 Targa models will go on sale in late 2020 with US-market prices starting at US$119,300 for the Targa 4 and US$135,200 for the Targa 4S. PGA Cars, the Philippine distributor of Porsche, will most likely offer the all-new 911 Targa as an indent order.