The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa: Specs, Photos, and Price

The third body style of the new 911 generation is now making its debut: the Targa 4 and 4S models.

Like a convertible, the Targa’s body allows folding the roof automatically by pressing a button. Technically, the Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S are almost identical to other versions of the 911, but they also have something new.

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Porsche planned to present the Targa variant at the Beijing Motor Show, but an official online presentation with detailed information will be held instead. The new modification will be the third in the 911 line-up, after the coupe and convertible. Despite the fact that the premiere of the new generation 911 took place about 18 months ago, the Targa has received the latest software and upgraded equipment.

The Targa’s soft roof can be automatically opened and closed in just 19 seconds. At the same time, the automatic roof system detects obstacles at a distance closer than 50 cm and stops the operation to avoid damage to the roof.

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Engines and specifications

The new generation of sports car is presented in two AWD variants. The Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S are equipped with a single 3-liter twin-turbo boxer engine, performance of which depends on the configuration. In the first case, the engine develops 450 Nm and 385 hp, which is 15 hp more than its predecessor. The Targa 4S delivers 450 hp (+20) and 530 Nm (+30).

The two versions offer a proprietary eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The 911 Targa 4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.2 seconds – one tenth quicker than the previous model. The 911 Targa 4S reaches a 100 km/h mark in 3.6 seconds — four tenths quicker than its predecessor. A top speed also depends on the version: the Targa 4 can reach 289 km/h, while the top-end Targa 4S is limited to 304 km/h.

There is also a seven-speed manual transmission available only for the 911 Targa 4S. With the gearbox, the dynamics of the sports car will deteriorate and a 0-100 km/h acceleration will take 4.4 seconds, instead of 3.6.

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Chassis and brakes

In addition to the AWD drivetrain, the two variants are equipped with the electronically-controlled variable damping Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) system with two modes. The Targa 4S also features Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and Porsche Wet Mode, as well as the possibility of installing steering rear wheels and active stabilizers of cross stability.

The Targa 4S also has a productive braking system and 350 mm wheels with six-piston calipers at the front axle. The Targa 4 has four pistons at the front axle, while its rotors measure 350 mm front and rear. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) can be ordered as an option.

Visually, the versions differ in the wheel size and number of exhaust pipes: the 911 Targa 4 has 19-inch wheels in front, 20-inch wheels in the rear and 2 pipes; the Targa 4S – 20-inch front wheels, 21-inch rear wheels and 4 pipes.

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Like the 911 Carrera models in the 992 body, the Targa has Porsche Wet Mode and Porsche InnoDrive, which includes adaptive cruise control.

The list of options for the new 911 Targa also features the enhanced Smartlift function for the optional front axle lift system that allows adjusting the axle within 40 mm. At the same time, the sports car's electronics can remember the places where the driver needed to change the clearance and will do it itself next time.

As for the interior, the design of the front fascia does not differ from that of the other 911s. Devices and multimedia are integrated into a pair of frameless displays. The 10.9-inch center touch screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features extensive connectivity and the latest version of Apple Car Play.

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Pricing and availability

The new 2021 911 Targa models are available to order now and are expected to reach European and US dealers in late 2020. In Germany, the Porsche 911 Targa 4 costs from €128,500 (€104,100 without 19% VAT), the 911 Targa 4S – at least €144,000 (€116,600 without VAT). In the US, the price tags are $119,300 and $135,200, respectively.

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