Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S Arrive for the 992 Generation
Love it or hate it, the Porsche 911 Targa has always been a unique blend of moonroof car, convertible and coupe. Now it’s the 992-generation’s turn, and the 2021 911 Targa 4 and 4S will arrive at dealerships late this year. The styling of this latest Targa is evolutionary, not revolutionary, with a “Targa bar” very similar to that found on 991-generation models being the most distinctive trait. It comes in silver, but can be ordered in black.
As you likely surmised from the “4” in the name, all 2021 911 Targa models are all-wheel drive, powered by twin-turbocharged, 3.0-liter flat-six engines. The Targa 4 makes a peak 379 hp at 6,500 rpm with 331 lb-ft of torque between 1,950 and 5,000 rpm, and the 4S delivers 443 hp also at 6,500 rpm and 390 lb-ft of torque between 2,300 and 5,000 rpm. Both models come standard with an eight-speed dual-clutch PDK transmission, but the 4S is available with a no-cost seven-speed manual.
Both the 911 Targa 4 and 4S models accelerate quickly, reaching 60 mph in 4.0 and 3.4 seconds, respectively, when equipped with the PDK. The Targa 4 carries on to 179 mph with a properly motivated driver, the 4S: 188 mph. But, generally speaking, Targas lean more toward luxury than performance. To start, the roof is electric, opening and closing with a push of a button in 19 seconds. Optional equipment includes adaptive cruise control and a front-axle lift system.
But there’s some sport there, too. The shocks are electronically adjustable with normal and sport settings. The differential is electronically locking and provides torque vectoring (the manual transmission gets a mechanical limited-slip differential). And you can order your 911 Targa with ceramic composite rotors, if you wish. Those are wrapped by 235/50R-19 front and 295/35R-20 rear tires on the Targa 4 and 245/35R-20 front and 305/30R-21 rears on the 4S.
Clearly, though, all-wheel drive and a motorized roof add weight. And the roof does so up high. Yes, the new 911 Targa will be a blast on your favorite switchback-laden road, but it may fall a tick behind at your local track. Think of it as your grand touring Porsche 911. Actually, it’s only yours if you have $120,650 and want a Targa 4 or $136,550 and want a 4S.
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