Planned for UK introduction during the second quarter of 2015, the 911 Targa 4 GTS receives the same naturally aspirated 3.8-litre six-cylinder petrol engine as the recently unveiled 911 GTS coupe and cabriolet as well as their four-wheel-drive siblings.
With 430bhp at 7500rpm, the horizontally opposed engine delivers 29bhp more than the engine used by the standard 911 Targa 4S, upon which the GTS is heavily based. Torque remains the same at 324lb ft but is developed 150rpm farther up the rev range at 5750rpm.
The increased reserves are channelled through either a standard seven-speed manual gearbox with a mechanical rear differential lock or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic with an electronically controlled rear locking diff.
They are allied to an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch four-wheel drive system featuring a torque vectoring function to continuously vary the amount of power being delivered to each of the rear wheels.