- New Porsche 911 Targa latest 992-generation model
- Wide roll hoop design returns on latest 911 Targa
- Will be offered in Targa 4 and Targa 4S versions
After the Porsche 911 Carrera and the 911 Turbo S, it’s now time for the redesigned new Porsche 911 Targa to be unveiled. Featuring the unique and traditional removable roof over the front seats, this 992 Porsche 911 Targa uses the same design found on the previous 991 Targa.
That means it also features a wraparound rear window wide roll hoop painted in silver. The removable panel above the seats can be finished in a variety of colors and can store and pop back into place in just 19 seconds.
Like the Carrera 4 and Carrera 4S, the 911 Targa will draw its power from a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo BOXER 6-cylinder engine. Power is rated at 385 PS (379 hp) in the Targa 4 and 450 PS (443 horsepower). The Targa 4 will reach 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds while the Targa 4S will do the same in 3.6 seconds. That’s 0.4 seconds faster than the previous 911 Targa.
An 8-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox will send the power to all four wheels, but buyers can also opt for a 7-speed manual gearbox as a no charge option which comes with the Sport Chrono package.
The 992 Targa gets an improved all-wheel drive system along with standard electronically controlled variable damping (Porsche Active Suspension Management). Essentially, the new 911 Targa gets the improvements found in the new 911 Carrera.
As we learned in our 992 Porsche 911 reviews, that means better performance, quicker accelerations, but also better comfort. It also has an improved interior featuring a 10.9-inch centre touchscreen housing the Porsche Communication Management infotainment system.
Pricing hasn’t been confirmed, but if it’s like the previous 911 the Targa 4 and Targa 4S will be the same price as the Carrera S and Carrera 4S convertibles. That means $136,000 and $154,100 in Canada respectively. A GTS version should also be available when that trim is unveiled for the 992 gen.
The original Porsche 911 Targa launched in 1965 and was marketed as a “safety cabriolet with anti-roll bar”. You either love the Targa or it does nothing for you, but we tend to think its a fantastic compromise between a coupe and convertible. We look forward to getting behind the wheel of this one.