2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S
The Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S have made their long awaited debut at the North American International Auto Show (a.k.a. Detroit Auto Show). The new 991 variant of the Targa has been much anticipated as Porsche is returning to the classic look that was first introduced in the ’60s, but was redesigned in the ’90s to be more of a glass sunroof.
The styling of the new targa model is pretty spectacular, if you are a fan of the classic targa look. With the top open the 911 features the roll bar accented in a metallic finish that gives it the same feel as the ’60s car. Since 911 styling evolves instead of changing, it really works with the look of the vehicle.
The most incredible thing about the new targa is the fact that the top can open at the push of a button. With the original cars one would need to manually remove the top and store it, but in the new car at the push of a button the top stows behind the back seats, making it the only open-aired electronically opened hard top that the German performance car maker will manufacture.
The interior is classic Porsche and resembles that of other current 911s. With the full leather interior option you get a very upscale feeling interior with nothing having a cheap feel to it.
The Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-liter flat six engine that puts out 350 horsepower. When equipped with the Sports Chrono package and mated to the PDK transmission it can launch you from 0 to 60 mph in 4.6 seconds and keep on going to the top speed of 174 mph.
In the 4S this performance goes up as the 3.8-liter engine puts out 400 horsepower. When you add the PDK transmission and Sports Chrono package to all of that you can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds and it can keep going until you hit 182 mph.
Both versions of the Targa are only available in all-wheel drive variants. So, when the sun goes away and the roads get slick you will still have plenty of grip.
The Porsche 911 Targa 4 will start at $101,600 and the 911 Targa 4S will bring that price up to $116,200.
If you are a fan of the classic look of the 911 Targa then the new 991 Targa will give you modern levels of performance and comfort in a nice looking package.