992 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S go official

Porsche has pulled the wraps off its new 992 version of the 911 Targa. Based on the latest-generation 911, the drop-top features a power-retractable targa roof that made its debut on the outgoing 991 version.

Like its predecessor, the automatic roof system includes a wraparound rear windscreen that cantilevers to allow the roof to be stowed in just 19 seconds.

Except for the new roof, the Targa’s styling is largely shared with the 911 coupe, meaning larger air intakes, a much wider front and rear track, flush door handles, a full-width taillight, active rear spoiler and integrated exhaust pipes.

Two variants will be on offer, the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, both powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-ltre six-cylinder engine in two states of tune and driving all four wheels. It delivers 283kW and 450Nm of torque in the Targa 4, and 331kW and 530Nm of torque in the Targa 4S.

Porsche says the 911 Targa 4 will hit 100km/h in 4.2 seconds, while the Targa 4S accomplishes the same feat in 3.6 seconds. Flat out, the Targa 4 will reach 289km/h while the Targa 4S will sit at 304km/h.

Transmission options include an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch, as well as Porsche’s new seven-speed manual, the latter only available with the 4S along with the Sport Chrono package.

Both models come with Porsche Active Suspension Management that automatically adjusts the damping characteristics, along with the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus with an electronic locking rear differential.

All 911 Targa 4 models rolls on 19-inch wheels wrapped in 235/40 tyres up front, and 20-inch rears wrapped in 295/35 tyres. The Targa 4S comes with larger hoops, featuring 20-inch front wheels with 245/35 tyres and 21-inch rear wheels with 305/30 tyres.

The Targa’s launch also coincides with the model year updates for the wider 911 range, which brings the addition of an optional Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control, as well as an enhanced Smartlift feature that remembers where the driver has activated the front axle lift on a given route and deploys it automatically.

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