Tuesday, January 19, 2021
5 Questions Answered 5 Questions About the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa Answered

5 Questions About the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa Answered

The coolest, most complete Porsche 911 model? We think so.


  • Pricing starts at $136,000 for the 911 Targa 4.

  • The 911 Targa 4S goes for $154,100

  • The Targa arrives this fall.


Does the Porsche 911 need an introduction? No. for just over 55 years, the Porsche 911 has stood for performance, styling and innovation. As one of the most beloved and sought-after sports cars in the world, the 911 has never been copied (for good reason), nor imitated or matched. Of the countless ways this car excels, one is the variety of trims, powertrain options, and body styles. The coolest is arguably the Targa as it’s both a convertible and a coupe, and it looks incredible.

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The latest generation Porsche 911, the 992, is just over a year and a half old but already has set standards by which all other would-be sports cars will be measured. The 911 Targa is unique in that it’s innovative, fully automatic roof system and characteristic wide roll hoop with a movable roof section give you all the advantages of a coupe and a convertible.

We’ll not lie: We love the Porsche 911, always have and always will. Be it as the Targa 4 or Targa 4S, this would be our choice if we were to purchase a new 911.


What’s New About The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa?

Porsche 911 Targa 4S 992
Porsche 911 Targa 4S | Photo: Porsche

The latest Porsche 911 is a completely new car. It officially launched late in 2018 for the 2019 model year. The Coupes were released first, followed by the Convertibles. In the process, the monstrously powerful 640-horsepower Turbo S cars were launched and now, we complete the 911’s body style with the new Targa.

On top of being wider overall than the 991.2 911, the new Targa’s calling card is obviously in relation to its roof with characteristic wide roll hoop and wraparound rear window. The fully automatic roof system with a movable roof section delivers open-top driving in only 19 seconds.

If the Targa 4’s your cup of tea, the twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre boxer 6-cylinder engine delivers 379-horsepower, plenty enough to reach 100 km/h, with the Sport Chrono package, in only 4.2 seconds. Should the 443-horsepower Targa 4S be more to your taste, as it would for us, the same spring is covered in only 3.6 seconds. As the “4” indicates, these Targas include intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM).


What’s The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa’s Price?

Porsche 911 Targa 4S 992
Porsche 911 Targa 4S | Photo: Porsche

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 starts at $136,000 and includes Porsche’s electronically controlled variable damping system PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). This, and the standard 8-speed PDK justify in part the $10,000 increase over the current 2020 991.2 911 Targa.

Moving up to the more powerful Targa 4S raises the price to $154,100. At this price, the excellent 8-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox is also standard. Those who opt for the 4S will have the option of selecting the no-cost optional 7-speed manual transmission. The latter includes the Sport Chrono package.

In our imaginary world, where auto journalists make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, we’d get a 7-speed, Lava Orange, Targa 4S with the RS Spyder design wheels, agave green and chalk club leather interior, the Sport Exhaust system, rear-axle steering, the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport and a few other bits for just over $180,000. And we’d be happy.


When Will It Be Released?

Porsche 911 Targa 4S | Photo: Porsche

Porsche Canada has announced that the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa will be available as of this fall.


Who Will It Compete With?

The Porsche 911 Targa will take on many cars, from many classes, as always.

The list includes the Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8, BMW M8, Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang GT 350 and 500, Lamborghini Huracàn, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-AMG GT Coupe, as well as a number of high-performance sedans such as the BMW M5 and the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door Coupe.


What Do We Think About the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa?

Porsche 911 Targa 4S 992
Porsche 911 Targa 4S | Photo: Porsche

We like to say that anyone who buys a Porsche 911 will never have to justify the purchase, even if you bring a 996 home…

Of the three body styles, the Targa is the most special. Admittedly, although the Targa 4S would be our choice now, we’d wait a short while longer for the GTS. But besides this, the Porsche 911, no matter what body style, trim or powertrain, is a fantastic car to own and drive.

New Porsche 911 Targa 4S 992
Porsche 911 Targa 4S | Photo: Porsche

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Matt St-Pierre
Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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