The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S is the Heaviest 911 Ever

It’s been almost 60 years since Porsche introduced the 911 and the nameplate continues to be the epitome of the sports car market. The 911 has come a very long way since then. It’s available in a wide variety of models, now with turbocharged engines, rear- or all-wheel drive, coupe or drop-top, winged, or plain simple in appearance. The 911 has also evolved into a technology-packed machine, a trait that makes it heavier than before. The latest-generation 911 is obviously among the heaviest, and the Targa 4S model sets a new record.

2921 Porsche 911 Targa 4S - 1400 Pounds Heavier Than the Original 911

Once a lightweight coupe that weighed around 2,380 pounds in the early 1960s, the 911 went past the 2,700-pound mark in the mid-1970s.

The 1989 redesign for the 964 generation saw the 911 get heavier at around 3,200 pounds. The 993 version was actually lighter at a little over 3,000 pounds, but the Turbo version hit 3,300 pounds. By 2004, the heaviest 911 tipped the scales at almost 3,750 pounds, as did the 997 generation in the late 2000s. The heaviest 991-generation 911 also comes in at more than 3,739 pounds.

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Is Obese Compared To the Original 911
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Come 2020 and Porsche introduced a new Targa 4S model that weighs 3,770 pounds, which makes it the heaviest 911 built to date.

It carries an extra 20 pounds the previous record holder, and it’s around 500 pounds heavier than the old 911 GT3 RS. It’s also a whopping 1,400 pounds heavier than the original 911. That’s the kind of sacrifice you have to make in order to have modern technology, complex safety features, and an all-wheel-drive system.

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Is Obese Compared To the Original 911
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But does it make a massive difference? The guys over at TheSmokingTire claim that most people would not notice, mostly because the Targa version features a softer suspension that has been refined for touring. Sure, you’re better off with a RWD Carrera S model if you’re gunning for that pure driving experience, but it’s not a deal-breaker if you actually want a grand tourer in your life. Find out more about it in the cool review embedded above!

Ciprian Florea
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