If three is a charm, then Porsche’s sports car trio for the summer of 2020 is absolutely magical. Following up on the Coupe and Cabriolet, Porsche has just released the third in the lineup of the new 911 generation—the all-wheel-drive 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S.
You already expect the Porsche 911 to be fast, but the Targa adds another element of speed with its fully automatic roof system. The roof fully opens and closes in just 19 seconds. Borrowing from the original 1965 Targa, this new generation also features the characteristic wide roll hoop as well as a wraparound rear window to finish off the look of the movable roof section.
Speaking of speed, the Targa uses a six-cylinder, three-litre boxer engine with twin turbochargers to deliver 283 kW of power. Combine that with the optional Sport Chrono package, and the Targa will go from 0 to 100 kilometres per hour in 4.2 seconds. The 4S steps up that performance, offering 331 kW and reaching 100 kilometres per hour in 3.6 seconds. Torque comes in at 450-newton meters. The top speed for these two 911s 289 kilometres per hour and 304 kilometres per hour respectively. The engines feed power into an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission that features an intelligent all-wheel-drive through the Porsche Traction Management system and is water-cooled. You can also opt for the Targa 4S in a new seven-speed manual gearbox that comes with the Sport Chrono package. For improved handling, the Targa employs the Porsche Active Suspension Management system, an electronically controlled variable damping system that automatically adjusts to handle different driving situations.
For the first time in 911 models, the Porsche InnoDrive, with adaptive cruise control, is available in the Targa. The cars also feature the Smartlift function to increase ground clearance for everyday use. There are even more possibilities through Porsche Tequipment and personalisation options from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. The new 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S will be available in June.