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New Targa arrives in 380bhp and 444bhp guises to join cabriolet and coupé 911s
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17 May 2020

Porsche is continuing its five-decade love affair with the Targa roof design, revealing the eighth generation of the semi-convertible 911 variant.

The new 911 Targa takes up where the last generation model left off – with a fully automatic system that stows the hard-top roof panel behind the rear seats. When operated, the entire rear deck and screen lift up to allow the roof section to fold into the space. This leaves the car’s characteristic central roll-over bar in place of the B-pillar behind the door.

The mechanism is able to open and close the Targa roof in 19sec – 7sec slower than the fabric-roofed 911 Cabriolet, which was launched last year.

Porsche describes the Targa as offering “open-top driving in a cabriolet paired with the sleek convenience of a coupé”. It retains the familiar silhouette and carries over the styling updates for the 992 generation of the 911, including an integrated LED rear light bar and variably extending rear spoiler. It also keeps the occasional rear seats of the standard coupé and cabriolet.

With its complex folding metal roof and standard-fit four-wheel drive, the Targa is the heaviest 992-gen 911 yet. With a kerb weight of 1640kg in 4S manual form, it’s 60kg heavier than the equivalent 991-generation 911 Targa, but only 5kg heavier than the equivalent 992-gen cabriolet.

Using the same twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre flat six as its siblings, the base 911 Targa 4 puts out 380bhp and 332lb ft. Fitted with the optional Sport Chrono package, its 0-62mph time is 4.2sec – one-tenth quicker than the outgoing Targa – and its top speed is 180mph.

Also available at launch is the Targa 4S, which puts out 444bhp and 391lb ft for a 0-62mph time of 3.6sec, four-tenths faster than its immediate predecessor. The top speed is 189mph. Porsche claims WLTP combined fuel consumption of 25.9-26.9mpg for the Targa 4, and 25.4- 27.2mpg for the 4S.

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Both models have an eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox as standard. As a no-cost option, the 4S can be ordered with the seven-speed manual gearbox in combination with the Sport Chrono package.

The braking system varies between models, with 330mm discs pared with four-piston calipers on the Targa 4 and a set-up (denoted by red-painted calipers) using 350mm discs and six-piston calipers on the front of the 4S. Optional ceramic-composite brakes also feature. PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) is standard on the Targa, too, bringing adaptive damping, and so is Torque Vectoring Plus.

Options include an enhanced ‘Smartlift’ function to raise the car’s nose over obstacles.

The new 911 Targa is available to order now, with prices starting from £98,170 for the Targa 4 and £109,725 for the 4S. Prices are identical to those of the equivalent Cabriolet models. However, Porsche will also offer a yet to be detailed special-edition Targa, promising “a combination of traditional style elements, timeless design and cutting-edge technology”. That model will be revealed next month.

Q&A: Frank-Steffen Walliser, Sports car boss, Porsche

Q. With other VW Group brands reducing variants, do you really need to offer a Cabriolet and a Targa?

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A. “Our colleagues are constantly asking this: ‘Don’t you think if we don’t offer a Targa, people will go for the Cabriolet and we can save money?’ But looking at the sales figures, there is a big percentage that just go for this shape and iconic design. And for me, it’s part of the 911 story to offer something not going the way everyone follows.”

Q. Is there a solid long-term business case for making convertibles?

A. “Fifty percent of our sports cars are open: this is very solid. If we consider only Carrera and Carrera S, 17-18% are Targa, which is a pretty big number.”

Q. Are you going to bring back the Speedster format for the 992 generation of 911?

A. “Speedsters, they appear from time to time but not regularly. At the moment, we have no plan to offer a Speedster, as we didn’t for the 996 and 997 generation.”

Q. Your convertibles are nearly as stiff as your coupés. Does that mean you could offer hardcore variants without compromises?

A. “Everybody’s asking for it. Will there be a Turbo Targa, or a two-wheel-drive Targa? We consider this, as the downside in weight and stiffness is not so big. I have a lot of cars on my list that are cool and are new variants, but the Turbo Targa is not in the top five.”

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18 May 2020

Entirely predictable? Yes. Do I like it? No, I love it! It's the 911 I'd have the 4S

18 May 2020
The rear end doesn't work.

18 May 2020

  If anything the Targa top helps, obviously it's color sensitive, certain colours might not work, and a car from the last Century that still populat today, Porsche must be doing it right.

18 May 2020

The main reason Porsche is doing well with the 911 is that there is effectively no real competition. Lotus no longer really exists, Jaguar's F-Type is an overpriced underachieving mess compromised by stupid decisions over engines - a 2 litre four or a V8 only, in 2020? No hybrid, no 6 cylinder? BMW and Mercedes have either gone down the supercar route or offer saloon based coupes that are too heavy and too underwhelming. Nissan has let the GTR go to seed with its design. Lexus cannot be bothered any more. Alfa Romeo only offered a 1.7 Elise-alike but deleted it last year. Audi is no doubt under corporate instructions not to compete with the better selling cash cow. Ferrari, McLaren are playing in another league price wise these days as is Lamborghini (probably deliberately for corporate reasons) and Bentley is probably not allowed by the VW board to develop a lighter smaller sports car. So as we near the middle of 2020 the only choice for a sub-supercar level sports car from a reputable manufacturer that is fast, reasonably comfortable and can be used everyday is the 911. In real terms the only functioning rival to the 911 these days is the BMW M4 (the M8 is too big and heavy and the M2 is too small and unrefined) but it is not yet available in its new form. 

18 May 2020
spqr wrote:

The main reason Porsche is doing well with the 911 is that there is effectively no real competition. Lotus no longer really exists, Jaguar's F-Type is an overpriced underachieving mess compromised by stupid decisions over engines - a 2 litre four or a V8 only, in 2020? No hybrid, no 6 cylinder? BMW and Mercedes have either gone down the supercar route or offer saloon based coupes that are too heavy and too underwhelming. Nissan has let the GTR go to seed with its design. Lexus cannot be bothered any more. Alfa Romeo only offered a 1.7 Elise-alike but deleted it last year. Audi is no doubt under corporate instructions not to compete with the better selling cash cow. Ferrari, McLaren are playing in another league price wise these days as is Lamborghini (probably deliberately for corporate reasons) and Bentley is probably not allowed by the VW board to develop a lighter smaller sports car. So as we near the middle of 2020 the only choice for a sub-supercar level sports car from a reputable manufacturer that is fast, reasonably comfortable and can be used everyday is the 911. In real terms the only functioning rival to the 911 these days is the BMW M4 (the M8 is too big and heavy and the M2 is too small and unrefined) but it is not yet available in its new form. 

18 May 2020

Well maybe Chinese will help Lotus to improve its engineering - their money injection already led to creation of the mighty Evija. Speaking of Jaguar it seems that they just need to change owner of the brand or at least to change BoD.

18 May 2020

However, I guess that no one is ready to create such car as 911 these days and the reason is that it is very difficult to make such car profitable.

18 May 2020

I can imagine someone in a severe mid life crisis driving this car. Having said that, I wouldn't say no if I was offered one

18 May 2020

 Been there ( Porsche, Lambo, McLaren, Atom, all in one day!) done them, if you don't like a car that fine.

18 May 2020

It looks kind of odd.

And I HATE the numberplate located low down in the valance, it should be higher up in the actual bumper moulding, then at least the rear would look less odd.

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