Porsche has globally unveiled the 911 Targa 4 and the 4S, adding the timeless classic badge to its 992-generation 911. Porsche’s newest unveiling is distinguished by the dual-element roof that consists of a soft top and a movable dome-shaped rear glass window. The full-width Targa roll bar replaces the conventional B-pillars, and comes finished in silver as standard but can also be ordered in black. Both models are powered by a 3.0-litre flat-six boxer engine that either produces 380bhp and 450Nm of torque in the Targa 4 or 444bhp and 530Nm of torque in the 4S. The eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox is standard, however, the 4S can be had with a seven-speed manual gearbox, as well.
Furthermore, all models come with all-wheel drive and have Porsche Traction Management (PTM) fitted as standard. Also standard is the electronically controlled variable damping system PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). If you’re wondering what it does, and why you should know about it, here it is – the system automatically adjusts the damping characteristics in terms of driving comfort and handling to each driving situation. This system can be manually adjusted to two driving modes – Normal and Sport.
However, the defining feature of the Targa remains its fully automatic roof system, the wide Targa roll bar, a movable roof section over the front seats and a wraparound rear window. This inspiration comes from the legendary original Targa from 1965. For those who may not know, the 1965 911 Targa 2.0 redefined the market in a sense. It was originally marketed as a safe cabriolet with an anti-roll bar. But, thanks to the detachable roof and gorgeous styling, it soon became a style icon and star performer. In that respect, even the interiors are reminiscent of 911 Carrera models, which draws inspirations the 911 models of the 1970s.