Driven: Porsche 911 Targa 4S – The perfect car

For us, any test with the Porsche 911 is a celebration, but when it comes to the Targa, even in the 4S version, we can say that it is one of the coolest tests.

We have to begin by saying that the Targa is our favorite version of the legendary 911. It’s neither a coupe nor a convertible, it looks more like a hybrid between the two, plus a touch of roadster.
The most representative element remains the innovative, fully automated convertible system. As with the first Targa model in the history of the range, namely the one from 1965, even now the system is composed of the solid frame, the removable ceiling over the front seats and the extended rear window on the side. It only takes 19 seconds to open or close this easy-to-use ceiling.
On the outside, the 911 Targa is marked by the design elements of the 992 generation. Looking ahead, the more accentuated wheel arches are highlighted compared to its predecessor. Between the LED headlights, the deep fold in the hood is reminiscent of the first generation 911. At the rear, dominates the wide aileron, variable extensibility and elegant light band. Except for the front and rear sections, the entire exterior of the car is made of aluminum.

The interior

The interior corresponds to that we know from the 911 Carrera models. Here, the clear and straight lines on the instrument panel are particularly noticeable, which are highlighted by the retracted instrument panel. The inspiration comes from the 911 generation of the 70’s. Along with the centrally positioned tachometer, as Porsche has become accustomed to, the sources of information for the driver are extended with two thin, frameless displays. Below the 10.9-inch center screen of the PCM (Porsche Communication Management) system is the compact control unit, with five keys that give direct access to the important functions of the car. The PCM system includes, among other things, the Connect Plus with Apple Car Play® and an online navigation function based on the collective intelligence of the car fleet.

Boxer engine and the pleasure of driving

The design power of the design makes the 911 Targa 4S equipped with a six-cylinder bi-turbo boxer with a volume of 3.0 liters. In fact, it is the same engine that was introduced on the facelift model of the previous generation, but improved: the fuel injection system is different (for the first time with piezo injectors), a new aluminum exhaust manifold has appeared, the two new turbo compressors they have a symmetrical structure, there are electronically adjustable exhaust valves, the air cooling system has been modified and most importantly, a particulate filter has been added following the latest EU rules. Thus, the 911 Targa 4S provides a nominal power of 450 hp and reaches the bar of 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds, under the same conditions, which is an optimization of four tenths compared to the previous model. 911 Targa 4S can go at a maximum speed of 304 km / h (plus 3 km / h).

The pleasure of a sports car is backed by the standard dual-clutch, 8-speed PDK transmission, as well as the intelligent Porsche Traction Management (PTM) intelligent all-wheel drive system. Optionally, the 911 Targa 4S can also be ordered with the new 7-speed manual transmission, including the Sport Chrono package. The equipment range of both 911 models also includes new advanced technologies, such as the Porsche InnoDrive system, including the adaptive cruise control with distance adjustment function, a system now available for the first time. The advanced Smartlift function allows you to program the ground guard for adjustment to everyday use. The range is complemented by the various Porsche Tequipment features, as well as the new customization options offered by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Launching a special 911 Targa model in June, Porsche is mastering this successful combination of traditional stylistic elements with timeless design and advanced modern technology with even greater mastery.

The optimized performance of the new all-wheel drive models also brings optimizations of the drive system on the front axle. The water-cooled clutch and differential unit have reinforced coupling blades, which amplifies the robustness of the system and allows it to withstand higher loads. Increasing the coupling trigger torque optimizes the accuracy of the adjustments and, consequently, refines the front axle drive as well. Thus, the optimized front axle drive system with PTM (Porsche Traction Management) contributes to an even better traction, regardless of the condition of the tread. Given all these elements, the Targa 4S is a very agile, sporty model that gives strong sensations. The power delivered by the engine does not even let you guess that the Targa is almost 150 kg heavier than a 911 coupe.

The new 911 Targa models have a standard equipment containing the adjustable electronic damping system PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management). This system automatically adapts the characteristics of the shock absorbers to the current driving situation, optimizing driving comfort and maneuverability. The driver can choose between two profiles, namely Normal and Sport. And Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) including electronically lockable rear axle differential with fully variable torque distribution is a standard feature for the Targa 4S and can be ordered as an option for the Targa 4. As with all 911 models of the eighth generation, and the Targa variants have the standard Porsche Wet Mode equipment. Thus, the sensors in the front wheel arches detect the high humidity of the road, in which case they recommend the driver, based on a signal communicated on board, to manually switch to Wet Mode. As a result, the running gear response will be adapted to achieve the maximum level of running stability.
To optimize dynamic characteristics, the 911 Targa 4S comes standard with 245/35 ZR tires for 20-inch front wheels and 305/30 ZR tires on 21-inch rear wheels. Braking is provided at Targa 4 by the 330 mm brake discs on both axles, which are noted with the fixed monobloc calipers finished in black, with four pistons. The S4 stretcher uses six pistons on the front axle and four pistons on the rear axle, the calipers being red. In this case, the brake discs are 350 millimeters, both front and rear. Optionally, customers can order Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB).
Four different personalities are available, Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual, all altering the settings of the gearbox, engine, suspension and exhaust sound. A first is the Wet mode system, offered as standard and which is an industry premiere. It is able to detect how much water is on a road due to sensors installed in the wheel arches and consequently preconditions the control systems and warns the driver.

In terms of safety features, we have a brake warning and assistance system, also offered as standard, which detects the risk of collisions with moving objects and initiates emergency braking if necessary. Furthermore, a Night Vision Assist, which includes an infrared camera, is available as an option for the first time in a 911. On board we have an optional adaptive cruise control, which includes the automatic front-keeping of other vehicles, the stop-and-go function, reversible occupant protection and an innovative autonomous Emergency Assist function.

Porsche 911 Targa 4S

0-100 km / h: 3.8

Maximum speed: 308 km / h

L / l / î: 4,519 / 1,852 / 1,299

Own weight: 1,640 kg

Luggage compartment volume (l): 132

Cylinder (cmc): 2,981

Power (CP): 450 at 6,500 rpm

Maximum torque (Nm): 530 at 1,700 rpm

Average consumption: 10 l / 100 km (mixed)

Gearbox: PDK

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