Porsche 911 Targa was first launched in year 2011 as a replacement for 997 generation model, which was produced in 2004 to 2012. At a glance, it features a whole new platform. There are major changes compared to its previous version and these include a new transaxle, a longer wheelbase, composite materials, and lighter aluminum. As always, Porsche 911 Targa takes pride of its exterior design, which remained evolutionary compared to other generations.
With the lineup of 911 generation set to get mid-cycle facelift by the end of year 2016, Porshe is preparing to launch 991.2 GTS Targa. This updated sports car was tested recently on Nurburgring track. Muck like some 991.2 gen models, the visual modifications are actually far from dramatic. But, more significant changes are expected to happen under the hood, which include a switch to forced induction and exceptional more output.
The most noticeable changes in Porsche 911 Targa can be found at its front. The bumper was reshaped, making it resemble to GT3 model. The primary outlets are a bit bigger while smaller vents flanking license plates have been moved closer to one another. The daytime running lights are thinner for sportier look while headlamps are new and equipped with the latest technology of Porsche. Its taillights feature new 4-point design, slimmer, and connected through a 3D light strip. There are also upgrades on its back. The quad-exhaust configuration was already eliminated in favor of GT3-like dual setup with pipes mounted in the middle part of the diffuser. Its side view also appears to be the same with its previous model. But, it is expected that Porsche will offer updated wheel options and new exterior colors.
There isn’t really amazing with the interior of Porsche 911 Targa 4 / 4S. But, it features similar center console that’s loaded with a big touchscreen and buttons, multi-function steering wheel, lots of high grade materials, and bolstered seats. Some notable changes are found on PCM or Porsche Communication infotainment system, which include a revised 7” display, a free 1 yr subscription for real time traffic information, standard navigation, and Wi-Fi for device connectivity. Porsche 911 Targa will also have an optional electro-hydraulic lift feature, which increases front ground clearance by forty millimeters for much easier navigation through angles driveways and across speed bumps.
It is here where Porsche 911 Targa 4 / 4S will get most of its changes. Even if not confirmed yet, it will ditch the 3.8L flat-six for the turbocharged 3.0L unit. It’s exactly what happened to Carrera models with its 991.2 facelift. The actual figures remain a mystery, yet provided that the previous GTS was much powerful than Carrera S, it is expected that this trend will continue with Porsche 911 Targa.
The Bottom Line
Porsche 911 Targa might not really a high seller, yet it has a strong fan base, allowing Porsche to get more sales and keep their brand alive. It looks great without its roof and comes with an iconic look that definitely attracts many people.