Targa is a badge that is well-known to Porsche enthusiasts. The open-top version of Stuttgart’s famous sportscar has appeared in every generation since the very first appeared in 1965. The 992-generation of 911s expands it offering as today a new Porsche 911 Targa debuts.

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With the introduction of the Porsche 911 Targa, the range of current body styles rises to three, after the coupe and cabriolet. The latest open-top version debut in two flavours: 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S. Most may know that the Targa badge denotes the car has the option of open-top motoring, without being as exposed as you would in a cabrio. The 992 version is no different as it features a fully automatic folding roof system that can be opened and closed in just 19 seconds. Other characteristics include the wide Targa roll-over bar and wraparound rear windscreen.

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Twin-turbo power

Both derivatives of the Porsche 911 Targa range are powered by six-cylinder, 3,0-litre boxer engines. These motors boast twin turbochargers for added oomph. In the 911 Targa 4 peak power is rated at 283 kW along with maximum torque of 450 N.m; the latter is produced between 1 950 and 5 000 r/min. The S variant offers 331 kW with a healthier peak torque of 530 N.m. Both engine options are fitted as standard with Porsche’s eight-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK). As the ‘4’ in the name denotes, power is sent to all four wheels via an all-wheel system. If you are a driving enthusiast you’ll be glad to know that the 911 Targa 4S can be ordered with a seven-speed manual gearbox.

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Porsche says the lower-powered of the two Targa versions can sprint from 0-100 km/h (with optional Sport Chrono package) in 4,2 seconds. In the 911 Targa 4S that figure drops to an extremely brisk 3,6 seconds. The top speed of the 911 Targa 4 is 289 km/h, while the 4S can break through the 300 km/h mark. To slow from those speeds both Targas are fitted with large braking systems. The Targa 4 has 330 mm brake discs front and rear with four-piston calipers. The Targa 4S has 350 mm discs all round with six-piston clamps on the front axle and four-pistons items on the rear wheels. Porsche’s ceramic composite brakes (PCCB) are optional.