Following the 992-generation 911's launch we've seen coupe and cabriolet models come on the scene, but we've had to wait until now to see the new Targa body, and boy does it look good. It's got the wide roll hoop we know and love, plus the completely automatic roof system that was introduced with the 991 Targa model. It's been updated for the new generation, and now can be fully opened and closed in just 19 seconds. Not only does the top open quicker, but the car can scoot from 0-60 quicker than the previous generation Targa as well. The new Targa 4 runs the sprint in 4.2 seconds (better by one tenth) and the Targa 4S can do it in just 3.6 seconds (four tenths quicker). Mighty impressive!
Like the 911 Carrera and Carrera S models, the Targa models gain the same increase in power over the 991 generation. The Targa 4 produces 385 horsepower at 6,500 rpm, an increase of 15, while the Targa 4S has a whopping 450 horsepower, up 30! This pumped up power and improved aerodynamics mean the new Targa 4 can top out at 179.5 mph, and the Targa 4S goes to 188 mph.
The new AWD system features a more robust front axle setup with a water-cooled differential and reinforced clutch disks for a higher load capacity, allowing Porsche to quicker shuffle the power from wheel to wheel. That means better traction and more adjustment accuracy for your driving enjoyment.
The new Targa models are fitted as standard with the electronically controlled variable damping system PASM. Not only does PASM help with driver comfort, it can be dialed to improve handling of every driving situation in Normal and Sport modes. Porsche Torque Vectoring, which includes an electronic rear differential lock is standard on Targa 4S models, and is optional on Targa 4 models. All of the other updates made to the 992 chassis will be included in the Targa modes, naturally.
If you're looking for a way to enjoy open-air motoring in a Porsche, the Targa might be a better fit for you than the Cabriolet. In my eyes, it's a much better looking car.