Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS Is The Convertible You Need Badly
As incredible as it might seem, during the NAIAS, Porsche revealed the twentieth version of the new gen 911 991 model. It is called the 911 Targa 4 GTS and it just might be the best sports convertible there is. Let us first go back to the fact that Porsche actually has twenty different versions of the 911. We know that they are going berserk over the customization program with their 911 range, but these version are not only differentiated by wheels, decorations or additional aerodynamic equipment. All of them are actually technically different – some of them have different roof, some different engines, and some different drive systems. The newest one is differed from the others in a rather visible way. It has a moving roof and it carries a name that resonated through history pages of the last 50 years – Targa.
Porsche introduced the first 911 Targa model back in 1965 and the newest one is revealed in part in honor to the first Targa that ever roamed the earth. Nothing much has been added to it to show that this is actually a 50 anniversary model. Porsche mentioned that at the beginning of their press release. Nevertheless, the 2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is a wonderful car. With a large back window, masculine look and cleverly integrated roll over bar, the 911 Targa feels like a really modern vehicle that did not forget about its roots from the past.
Now, every word in the name of this car carries a certain meaning. The 911 tells us that this is a Carrera 991 based vehicle, the name Targa suggest that we have a special version car whose front part of the roof can be removed just by a touch of a button, while the number 4 tells us that this is a four wheel drive machine. It is not usual to have a four wheel drive sports car with a removable roof, but here it is. The last three letters GTS tell us that this Targa is miles away from the entry level 911. GTS means that this Targa received a wonderful treatment that brought a new front bumper, wider rear fenders, better exhausts and wonderfully crafted 20 inch wheels.
That is actually not the most important thing about it. GTS trim level brings a new engine with it too. A 3,8 liter six banger is inside and with some special Porsche magic it develops an amazing 430 HP and 440 Nm of torque. It is of course far away from the power developed by the Ferrari 458 or the Lambo Huracan V10, but this Porsche isn’t made to compete with those much more expensive vehicles. It is made for drivers who appreciate the style of a Targa, the form of a 911 and the heritage this car carries with itself. Now, don’t think for a moment that this is a slow car. According to official data (which tend to be rather conservative from time to time), the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds and it tops out somewhere in the neighbourhood of 190 mph. Those numbers are good for everyone and they are just perfect for a four wheel drive convertible that happens to be called the 911 Targa.
Even though the 20th version of the 911 was revealed in the US, the Germans will get it first. They will have the opportunity to buy it from March for almost €140.000 ($161.000) which is a lot, but then again it is much cheaper in comparison with Ferrari or Lambo convertibles.
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