Porsche has a very predictable model lineup. For decades, the German company has released a 911, then followed that with a set of variations that alternate between coupes, convertibles, rear-wheel-drive models, all-wheel-drive models models, Targa, Turbo and various horsepower iterations of standard, S and GTS. Despite a wide array of models, one 911 that has never existed is a Targa version of the powerful naturally aspirated 911 GTS with all-wheel drive. That all changed at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show with the 911 Targa 4 GTS.

The Targa 4 GTS 911 is exactly as it sounds. Porsche has taken the classic Targa with its removable roof panel, but has fitted it with the powerful 430-horsepower, flat-six engine and Porsche’s advanced AWD system. The GTS is a great model for buyers who want the roofline and strength of a coupe, but want the open-air experience afforded by a convertible.

Thanks to a host of included bonus options inside and out, the new Targa 4 GTS is the fastest, most powerful and most luxurious naturally aspirated Targa 911 you can buy as of 2015.

Updated 02/02/2015: Porsche unveiled a new video showing the new Targa 4 GTS in action. Enjoy!

Continue reading to find out more about the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS.

  • 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    flat-6
  • Transmission:
    6-speed manual
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    430 @ 7500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    325
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L
  • 0-60 time:
    4.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    188 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    130000 (Est.)
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Exterior

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The nose is a sportier design than lesser 911s, the air intakes are black, and the logos around the car are also finished in black.

The shape of the 911 has barely been altered over the last 50 years, but that doesn’t mean that the new 911 Targa 4 GTS is boring to look at. Aside from that legendary profile, the Targa 4 GTS comes with special 20-inch alloys that are matte black and feature single center lock. The nose is a sportier design than lesser 911s, the air intakes are black, and the logos around the car are also finished in black.

It’s easy to sport that this car is a Targa by its unique roofline and the stowable roof panel, and that signature silver rollover protection bar. Since this is an AWD 911, the rear fenders are wider than a standard 911. The sporty front end has wider openings, and the headlights are smoked bi-xenon units.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 96.5 Inches
Length 177.5 Inches
Height 50.8 Inches
Width 72.9 Inches

Interior

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The interior is covered in a large amount of black Alcantara that is softer than leather and weighs half as much as leather.

Inside the Targa 4 GTS it is essentially identical to most other 911 models, but with just a few extra touches. The standard Sport Chrono package adds a stopwatch at the top-center of the dash, and the seats included are the upgraded Sport Plus seats with black GTS logos in the headrests. The interior is covered in a large amount of black Alcantara that is softer than leather and weighs half as much as leather.

Drivetrain

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The Targa 4 GTS uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque

The real difference between a normal Targa 4 and the Targa 4 GTS is the running gear. The Targa 4 GTS uses a 3.8-liter, flat-six engine that produces 430 horsepower and 325 pound-feet of torque; that is 30 more ponies than the Targa 4 S. Porsche says that this new car is good to hit 60 mph in 4.5 seconds when equipped with a seven-speed manual transmission. If you want to go even faster, the PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission drops that 60-mph sprint time to just 4.1 seconds. Manual transmission cars have a top speed of 188 mph while the PDK rings in at 187 mph.

As discussed already, that power is sent to all four wheels.

Drivetrain Specifications

Type 3.8-liter boxer engine
Compression ratio 12.5 : 1
Max. Power 430 HP @ 7,500 RPM
Max. Torque 325 LB-FT
Acceleration 0 - 60 mph 4.5 sec manual (4.1 sec PDK)
Top Track Speed 188 mph

Prices

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The 911 Targa 4 GTS will go on sale in the United States in April 2015 with a price tag of $132,800, not including the $995 destination fee.

Competitors

Audi R8 V8

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The current Audi R8 V8 is right on par with the GTS when it comes to output. Sure, the Audi doesn’t come with a targa roof, but you can go with the convertible if you want to enjoy unlimited headroom. Motivated by a 4.2-liter, FSI V-8, this R8 comes with 430 horsepower and 317 pound-feet of torque on tap. However, Ingolstadt’s halo car isn’t as fast in a straight line, needing 4.3 second to reach 60 mph from a standing start. This figure comes the S tronic autobox and drops to 4.6 seconds with the manual transmission. As far as top speed goes, the automatic version can hit 186 mph, while the manual R8 tops out at 187 mph. Pricing begins from $115,900 for the latter and $124,900 for the former. The convertible retails from $129,400 and $138,400, respectively.

Find out more about the Audi R8 V8 here.

Conclusion

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On the 50th anniversary of the first 911 Targa, Porsche has decided to create one of the best and most luxurious models to ever wear the badge. That GTS badge adds more horsepower, a tighter suspension setup, better interior equipment and upgraded looks. The result is the best 911 Targa ever created. With that grip afforded by all-wheel drive, this is also the fastest and best performing Targa ever. If there was ever reason to consider the closest things Porsche makes to a hard-top convertible, this is it.

  • Leave it
    • * Still no turbo Targa model
    • * $132K price is more than competitors

Update History

Updated 01/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new images from the car’s official debut at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.

Rendering

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Not much to talk about with this rendering. It’s simply a 911 Targa with the super-sexy GTS bits added into the mix.

Spy Shots

November 27, 2014 - First testing session

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At first glance, this prototype looks identical to the one our paparazzi spotted in early September 2014. We can see the same new details all around. Even the wheels are a perfect match, with the front axle riding on twin five-spoke wheels, with the rear end rolling on plain five-spoke rollers. But take a closer look at this 911’s rear end and you’ll notice it features center-mounted exhaust pipes instead of the standard layout seen on the earlier test car.

So what does this mean? Well, last time we saw a 911 prototype with a similar exhaust everyone thought it will become a particular feature of the GTS. That didn’t happen, as the GTS broke cover with quad-exhaust pipes. Confused? So are we, but we have a theory. Word has it the entire 911 lineup will get turbocharged power with the facelift, meaning the GTS will make the switch as well. What we’re looking at could very well be the first turbo GTS to introduce the center-mounted exhaust configuration. Of course, there’s also the posibility this is an upcoming, naturally aspirated Targa GTS and the strange exhaust is only a head-scratcher Porsche sent our way just for kicks.

We’ll find out soon enough, so make sure you stay tuned to TopSpeed for further details.

Press Release

The 911 Targa 4 GTS and Cayenne Turbo S are celebrating their world premieres at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. For the first time, the 911 Targa 4 GTS combines the successful GTS idea with the classic targa concept. Its more powerful engine with 430 hp (316 kW) and standard Sport Chrono package generate even more dynamic performance. Other GTS-specific ingredients include matt black 20-inch wheels with central wheel locks, sport design front end, black air intake screens and, also in black, GTS logos on the doors, at the rear and on the rollover protection bar. Inside, the black Alcantara on the steering wheel and seats and trim accents made of black brushed aluminum create a sporty flair.

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The new top model of the latest generation Cayenne is primarily distinguished by its new engine charging concept with turbochargers integrated in the exhaust manifolds. This increases the power of the Cayenne Turbo S to 570 hp (419 kW), which is 20 hp more than the previous model. The car’s maximum torque, which was increased by 50 Nm (36.8 ft lb) to 800 Nm (590 ft lb), enables superlative performance, and the new turbochargers ensure even better responsiveness of the biturbo engine.

Both new products deliver maximum driving enjoyment by their top levels of sportiness, and they are perfect examples of the sustained success of Porsche in the world’s largest sports car and SUV market, the USA. Ever since the Type 356 was introduced in the 1950s, Porsche has appealed to a very broad-minded customer base with its vehicles in the USA, a clientèle that truly values a unique mix of sportiness, performance and design. That is why the United States has traditionally been the largest global market for Porsche. In 2014, around one-fourth of all vehicles it produced were delivered to the USA.

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The new 911 Targa 4 GTS: More powerful, dynamic and exquisitely styled

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche is offering this very popular model in the more powerful and dynamic GTS version for the first time. The targa concept of the 911 Targa 4 GTS delivers very safe driving enjoyment with all-wheel drive and a rollover protection bar; it also delivers open-air fun with a targa top that stows fully automatically. Contributing to a boost in dynamic performance are the 430 hp (316 kW) GTS engine together with the standard Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis, 20-inch wheels and a sport exhaust system.

Despite its significantly extended features, the weight-to-power ratio with the 430-hp engine was improved from 3.9 kg to just 3.6 kg per horsepower compared to the S model. This lets the Targa 4 GTS reach a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph) with a PDK transmission, and the stopwatch records 4.3 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h (0 – 60 mph in 4.1 seconds). Although the engine produces an additional 30 hp (22 kW), its combined fuel consumption – which ranges from 9.2 to 10.0 l/100 km, depending on the type of transmission – is exactly the same as for the 911 Targa 4S.

The latest Targa can be made out at first glance as a GTS model with all-wheel drive, because – compared to the two-wheel drive 911 Carrera models – the rear wheel arches are flared an additional 22 millimeters, and the rear tires are ten millimeters wider. The front view is defined by the sport design of the car’s front end with an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator and the smoked bi-xenon headlights that feature the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). In a side view, characteristic GTS attributes are the silky gloss black 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, the sport design door mirrors and “GTS" signatures on the doors. The “targa" logo on the silver rollover protection bar is also painted in silky gloss black. Black accents at the rear are the glossy trim on the air inlet screen, the model logo and the chrome tailpipes.

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GTS DNA also defines the interior of the 911 Targa 4 GTS. Integrated at the center of the instrument panel is the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono package. In the front, the four-way adjustable Sport Plus seats – with their black GTS logo on the head restraints – provide additional lateral support and long-distance cruising comfort for driver and passenger. The dominant interior material is black Alcantara, which is just half the weight of leather.

The targa has been an established member of the 911 lineup since it made its debut back in 1965. Around one out of eight 911 cars ever sold was a targa. The market share of the latest generation of this exquisitely styled 911 with its characteristic rollover protection bar is 13 percent – and it is growing. With the 911 Targa 4 GTS, Porsche is extending its lineup of the modern classic by adding a top model whose extensive package of standard features and price are appealing.

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will be launched in Germany from mid-March 2015. The price is 137,422 Euro including value added tax and country-specific features.

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