NEW GENERATION PORSCHE TARGA

Porsche_911_Targa_4S(l)_&_Targa4Porsche’s new generation Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S models have been introduced. Compared to its predecessors, Targa’s body features significantly more pronounced wheel housings at the front and, between its LED headlights.

They feature a wide roll hoop, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window. Its rear is dominated by its wider, variably extending rear spoiler and a seamlessly integrated lightbar.

With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is made from aluminium.

The Porsche Targa 4 is powered by a flat, six-cylinder, 3.0-litre with twin turbochargers that produces 385 horsepower (283 kW). When teamed with the optional Sport Chrono package it accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

The engine in the 911 Targa 4S boasts 450 horsepower (331 kW) and reaches the 100 km/h mark in just 3.6 seconds – a whopping four tenths faster than its predecessor.

Both are fitted with eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) as standard.

The enhanced performance of the new all-wheel drive models features a further development of the front-axle drive. The clutch and differential unit is water-cooled and has reinforced clutch discs for greater robustness and a higher load capacity.

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Porsche’s renowned electronically controlled variable damping system PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) is standard on the new 911 Targa models. It has two manually adjustable maps, Normal and Sport.

Targa models are equipped with Porsche Wet mode as standard. Sensors fitted in the front wheel housings are capable of detecting water on the road surface and, if significant volumes of water are picked up, a signal in the cockpit provides a recommendation for the driver to manually switch to Wet mode. The drive responsiveness is then adapted to the conditions for maximum stability.

The 911 Targa 4 includes 235/40 ZR tyres on 19-inch alloy wheels on the front axle and 295/35 ZR tyres on 20-inch wheels on the rear axle. The 4S model is fitted with 245/35 ZR tyres on its 20-inch front wheels and 305/30 ZR tyres on its 21-inch rears.

On the Targa 4 both axles have 330-millimetre brake discs with black four-piston monobloc fixed callipers. The red-painted brake callipers on the Targa 4S have six pistons at the front axle, four at the rear while its discs measure 350 mm front and rear.

Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) can be ordered as an option.

Inside, five buttons for direct access to important vehicle functions are located below the 10.9-inch centre screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The standard PCM features include online navigation as well as Porsche Connect Plus.

In addition to the worldwide standard specifications, Australian models of the 911 Targa and 911 Targa 4 will be additionally equipped with LED main headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).

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Aussies also get a windscreen with grey top tint, power folding exterior mirrors, auto-dimming mirrors, metallic paint, Surround View, Lane Change Assist, Comfort Access, front seat heating, 14-way sports seats with memory package, digital radio and BOSE Surround Sound system.

The new 911 Targa models are available to order now, and will arrive in Australia from Q3 of 2020. Prices start from $275,800 for the 911 Targa 4 and from $314,100 for the 911 Targa 4S.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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