/motors 2021 Porsche 911 Targa, an independent concept which became a style icon Porsche has continued to combine two worlds in the 911 Targa: the advantages of open-top driving in a cabriolet combined with the everyday comfort and interior feeling of a coupe. Share with friends 

Following the Coupe and Cabriolet, the third body style of the new 911 generation is now making its debut with the all-wheel drive 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S models. The innovative, fully automatic roof system remains its distinguishing feature, and just like the legendary original Targa model from 1965, it features a characteristic Targa bar, a retractable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window. The roof can be automatically opened and closed in just 19 seconds at the touch of a button.

Both models are fitted with an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) and intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) as standard to deliver compelling performance, traction and driving pleasure. Alternatively, the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with a seven-speed manual transmission at no charge, which includes the Sport Chrono package as standard.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa, an independent concept which became a style icon
2021 Porsche 911 Targa, an independent concept which became a style icon
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Both 911 Targa models are powered by a six-cylinder, three-liter twin-turbo boxer engine: the 911 Targa 4 now delivers 379 hp and accelerates from zero to 60 mph in just 4.0 seconds when equipped with PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package – one tenth quicker than the previous model. The engine in the 911 Targa 4S puts out 443 hp and reaches the 60 mph mark in just 3.4 seconds with PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package – four tenths quicker than its predecessor. The top track speed of the new 911 Targa 4 is 179 mph, while the 4S peaks at 188 mph.

The most striking feature of the 911 Targa is of course its Targa bar and roof, which was adopted from the previous 991 generation model and optimized further. Harking back to classic Targa models of the 1960s and 1970s, the Targa bar comes standard in silver but can also be optionally ordered in black, and features the characteristic “Targa” model designation on each side, which has graced 911 Targa models since 1965.

2021 Porsche 911 Targa, an independent concept which became a style icon
2021 Porsche 911 Targa, an independent concept which became a style icon
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The roof construction consists of two flat magnesium elements, which hold the fabric roof in place securely and contribute to the elegant silhouette of the car. A heated glass rear window, sound-deadening material inside the fabric, as well as an extendable wind deflector integrated into the upper cowl frame of the windshield make the new 911 Targa comfortable and suitable for daily use.

The exterior of the 911 Targa is characterized by the design elements of its 992-model generation. Compared to its predecessors, its body features significantly more pronounced wheel housings at the front and, between its LED headlights, its front luggage compartment lid has a distinctive recess evoking the design of earlier 911 generations. The rear is characterized by a wider, variably extending rear spoiler and a seamlessly integrated and elegant light bar. With the exception of the front and rear fasciae, the entire outer skin is made from aluminum.

The interior echoes the 911 Carrera models and is characterized by the clear and straight lines of its dashboard and its recessed instruments. The 911 models from the 1970s provided the inspiration here. Alongside the central tachometer – very much a defining feature for Porsche – two thin, frameless freeform displays offer key vehicle information for the driver. Five toggle switches providing direct access to important vehicle functions are located below the 10.9-inch center screen of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM). The standard PCM features include online navigation as well as Connect Plus (A subscription is required after an initial 12-month trial period).

The 1965 911 Targa 2.0 was a trailblazer for a completely new type of car. Originally marketed as a “safety cabriolet with supplemental roll bar”, the Targa, with its removable roof section, soon established itself as an independent concept and became a style icon. Right up to the present day, Porsche has continued to combine two worlds in the 911 Targa: the advantages of open-top driving in a cabriolet combined with the everyday comfort and interior feeling of a coupe.

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