Porsche’s world premiere for the Detroit Motor Show 2014 is the new Porsche 991 Targa 4 and 4S. Both cars add to the existing Porsche 991 911 range with an innovative Targa-style, powered roof.
Just like the original 911 Targa model, the new Porsche 991 Targa model features a characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars. It gets a movable roof section above the driver and passenger, and a wrap-around rear window with no C-pillar. The difference is that the new model can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When fully lowered, the roof top is towed behind the rear seats. The roof is part soft top, part glass rear window.
The compartment lid, is opened and tilted at the push of a button. At the same time, two flaps open in the Targa bar, releasing the soft top which is folded into a Z-shape as the roof opens. The roof takes around 19 seconds to open or close using the buttons in the centre console and can be operated only while the vehicle is stationary. A wind deflector is also included in the cowl panel frame.
The roof panel uses a magnesium roof shell and panel bow. An additional sound absorber beneath the convertible-top covering has a thermal-insulating effect and reduces road noise when the roof is closed. The rear edge of the soft top connects up to the fixed Targa bar which features steel roll-over protection on the inside and painted cast aluminium on the outside.
The Porsche 991 Targa gets a rear-biased Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system fitted as standard. As the Porsche 991 Targa is based on the 991 4 and 991 4S, it gets a wide-body look.The two models are both fitted with a seven-speed manual transmission as standard. The Porsche 991 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp flat-six engine. The Porsche 991 Targa 4S 911 Targa 4S delivers 400 hp from a displacement of 3.8 litres.
Equipped with the optional Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) double-clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Package, the Targa 4 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 175 mph. Fuel consumption on the NEDC is between 29.7 mpg and 32.5 mpg Combined, depending on transmission, which corresponds to CO2 emissions between 223 and 204 g/km. The Targa 4S reaches a top speed of 184 mph and is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.4 seconds. Fuel consumption on the NEDC is between 28.2 mpg and 30.7 mpg, depending on transmission, which corresponds to CO2 between 237 and 214 g/km.
Standard equipment on each model includes leather interior, sports seats, automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights, 7-inch colour touch-screen Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation, digital radio, a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity, Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive and a three-year warranty.
The 911 Targa 4S adds 20-inch alloy wheels, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited slip differential.
Fitted to every 911 is a Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, and customers will also be able to explore the potential of their new car by participating in a complimentary course at the Porsche Experience Centre, Silverstone.
The new 911 Targa models are available today, with first cars arriving in showrooms in May. The 911 Targa 4 is priced from £86,281 in the UK, the 911 Targa 4S priced from £96,316.