Porsche 911 Targa 4
From Porsche press: As with the previous Targa model, the most striking feature of the elegant sports car is the large, sliding-glass roof and glass rear hatch, which blend sleekly into the classic 911 lines while providing the Targa with its own unique personality. A polished, anodized aluminum trim strip runs the entire length of the roof frame, emphasizing the 911’s classic silhouette.
The glass roof is not just a styling exercise, however, as it also provides for a light, airy interior. Moreover, the electrically operated roof panel can be retracted at all vehicle speeds in only seven seconds, revealing a spacious 4.8 square-foot (0.45 m/sq.) opening. Made of specially tinted two-ply glass, the new Targa’s translucent top is 4.2 pounds (1.9 kg) lighter than its predecessor, and wind noise is kept low at higher road speeds by a newly developed sealing system. With the top open, turbulence within the cabin is also reduced by a wind deflector, encouraging open-roof motoring even at lower ambient temperatures. A semi-translucent, black-cloth sunblind provides protection from excessive sunlight, and both the glass roof and roller blind are operated by a rocker switch located on the center console.
The 911 Targa 4 is powered by Porsche’s venerable flat-Six Boxer engine, delivering 325 horsepower from 3.6 liters. The Targa 4 will accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 5.1 seconds (0-100 km/h, 5.3 sec.) and reach a top test-track speed of 174 mph (280 km/h).
Thanks to Porsche’s VarioCam® Plus intake-valve control system, the Targa 4 develops maximum torque of 273 lb.-ft. at 4250 rpm. The 3.8-liter mill in the Targa 4S provides 295 lb.-ft. of torque at 4600 rpm. In both of the new Targa models, power is routed via a standard six-speed manual gearbox with short, precise shift throws. Optionally, customers can choose Porsche’s well-known five-speed Tiptronic® S automatic transmission, which allows gear changes via rocker switches mounted on the steering-wheel spokes.