• Porsche’s 2021 911 Targa rounds up the 911 trifecta just in time for summer

The most beautiful 911 body type to come out of Stuttgart is back for the 992-gen 911

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Can’t decide between a 2021 Porsche 911 Coupé or Cabriolet? That headache is gone now because Porsche just unveiled the 2021 911 Targa and just as we expected, it’s a thing of beauty in and out.

Meet the new 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S

Paying respect to the original 1965 911 Targa, the 992-based model is available in two guises: Targa 4 and Targa 4S.

Obviously, they’re both all-wheel-drive cars courtesy of the PTM (Porsche Traction Management) setup and they both pack Porsche’s 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged inline-six engine.

In the 911 Targa 4, it cranks out 385 PS (380 horsepower) at 6,500 rpm and 450 Newton-meters (332 pound-feet) of torque in the 1,950-5,000 rpm band. That’s enough for a 0-100 kph (62 mph) sprint ticked in 4.2 seconds when the Sport Chrono pack is specified and a top speed of 289 kph (180 mph).

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The 911 Targa 4S gets a boosted version of the same mill and packs 450 PS (444 horsepower) fully unlocked at 6,500 rpm and 530 Newton-meters (391 pound-feet) of twist available between 2,300 rpm and 5,000 rpm. Performance takes a hike too, with the 0-100 kph interval (62 mph) being dispatched in 3.6 seconds and a Vmax of 304 kph (189 mph).

Porsche’s slick-shifting eight-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox equips the two models as standard but customers are given the choice of fitting the Targa 4S with the new seven-speed manual (available as option but only in combination with the Sport Chrono Package).

2021 Porsche 911 Targa specifications
Porsche 911 Targa S Porsche 911 Targa 4S
Cylinder layout / number of cylinders 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged inline-six 3.0-liter bi-turbocharged inline-six
Displacement 3.0 l 3.0 l
Engine layout Rear engine Rear engine
Max. Power 379 HP @ 6,500 RPM 443 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 331 LB-FT @ 1,950-5,000 RPM 390 LB-FT @ 2,300-5,000 RPM
Top Track Speed 180 mph PDK 189 mph PDK
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 4.2 seconds 3.6 seconds

What’s notable on the technology and customization fronts?

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First things first. The roof opens and closes automatically at the touch of a button in just 19 seconds. What’s more, the 911 Targa gets the Smartlift function, too, together with Porsche’s InnoDrive suite, including adaptive cruise control. In addition, the Targas also get PTV Plus (Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus) - standard for the 4S, optional on the 4 - and the water-sensing Wet mode that debuted on the 911 Coupé.

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Visually, the Targas offer beefed up wheel housings and a wider rear spoiler. The body is, of course, carved out of aluminum, while on the inside, you get the 10.9-inch digital display that grants access to the PCM (Porsche Communication Management) multimedia system that’s compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Of course, any personalization desires a customer might have can go through Porsche’s Exclusive Manufaktur division who will gladly see to fulfill any needs and preferences.

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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