Paying tribute to the old Porsche 356

The 2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is a limited-edition version of the 911 Targa, which the German automaker unveiled in late May 2020. Initially showcased on the 911 Speedster in 2019, the Heritage Design package makes its debut on the 992-generation 911 through the Targa model and Porsche says that three more models will follow. The series will also be joined by a Heritage product line, as well as a limited-edition chronograph. The Heritage Design package is just a visual upgrade, with no modifications to the drivetrain, and it pays tribute to Porsche from the 1950s and early 1960s.

What Makes the 2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Special?

  • race-inspired livery
  • white lettering and stripes
  • exclusive Cherry Metallic paint
  • vintage badges
  • gold emblems
  • Heritage crest
  • Carrera Exclusive Design wheels
  • two-tone interior
  • leather all-around
  • microfiber roof liner
  • corduroy seats and door panels
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Design-wise, the Heritage Design Edition is a standard 911 Targa 4S model with a special livery.

The paint scheme is clearly inspired by old Porsche 356 and 911 racing models, with round number bullets and "Porsche" lettering on the sides and spear-shaped stripes on the upper front fenders. All the graphics are in white regardless of body color, Porsche’s official motorsport hue since the early days. Speaking of body color, the Heritage Design Edition is available in only five, one of which is the exclusive Cherry Metallic pictured here. While it’s not the vintage color you’d find on old Porsche models, it looks decidedly cool and goes well with the white racing livery.

2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Exterior
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The limited-edition Targa is also fitted with special badges. The crest on the front hood and the wheels is based on that of the 1963 911, while rear hood sports a Heritage badge reminiscent to the one that Porsche gave to 356 customers once they drove the car for 100,000 km (62,137 miles). The "Porsche" and "911 Targa 4S" badges on the rear fascia are finished in gold. Finally, the limited-edition car rides on Carrera Exclusive Design wheels measuring 20 inches in the front and 21 inches in the rear. The brake calipers are black for a classic look.

2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Interior
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Much like the exterior, the interior is pretty much the basic Targa model with different upholstery. And the good news here is that it comes with a two-tone finish. If you like Porsche’s colorful interiors from the past, you can get this model in Bordeaux Red combined with Atacama Beige leather. If you want a simpler look, Porsche will be happy to pair the Atacama Beige leather with black hide. The seats and the part of the door panels are wrapped in corduroy. That’s a textile with a distinct pattern that Porsche used to offer in the 356.

2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Interior
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Look close enough, and you'll also notice green-lit details in the rev counter and the stopwatch on the dashboard, as well as a metal badge with the car's individual number.

Porsche’s iconic crest from 1963 is visible on the steering wheel and embossed on the seat headrests. The same crest appears on the key and its pouch.

The 2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is quite powerful

2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Exterior
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The package doesn’t add upgrades to the drivetrain, but the Targa 4S is already powerful enough. The twin-turbo, 3.0-liter flat-six packs 444 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to send the all-wheel-driven Targa from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds. This sprint os obviously available with the Sport Chrono package. Targa models that don’t have it will hit the benchmark in 3.8 seconds. Manual models are slower at 4.2 and 4.4 seconds, respectively. Its top speed is also rated at an impressive 189 mph.

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 380 HP @ 6,500 RPM 444 HP @ 6,500 RPM
Torque 332 LB-FT @ 1,950-5,000 RPM 3910 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

The 2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is extremely limited

2020 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Exterior
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Porsche says it will build only 992 of these cars. The number corresponds to the internal designation of the current-generation 911. Pricing for the Heritage Design Edition starts from $180,600, a massive premium over the 911 Targa 4S. The latter retails from $135,200, so you’ll have to pay an extra $45,400 for the limited-edition package. That’s also only $23,000 below the 911 Turbo, so I guess the choice is about whether you want the power or the classic looks.

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Porsche presents the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, a state-of-the-art 911 with design elements from the 1950s and early 60s and the first of four collector’s pieces of the Heritage Design strategy.

Historical exterior and interior design elements have been reinterpreted and combined with the latest technology in a special limited edition from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. The new model is available to order now and will be in dealerships from autumn 2020. Only 992 examples will be built, matching the internal model series code. Along with the introduction of the special edition, selected interior elements will be available as part of the Heritage Design package for all current 911 models. Porsche Design has also created a high-quality chronograph, to be built in restricted numbers as well, exclusively available to purchasers of the new limited edition model.

911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, 2020, Porsche AG
“With the Heritage Design models, we are evoking memories of the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s in customers and fans alike. No brand can translate these elements into the modern day as well as Porsche and, in this way, we are fulfilling the wishes of our customers. We are also establishing a new product line that represents the lifestyle dimension in our product strategy with these exclusive special editions,” says Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG.

Exclusive paintwork in Cherry Metallic or the four other exterior colours that are available, combined with gold logos, creates an authentic look in true 50s style. The exterior of the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition features stylish livery in white, with a historical design. The spear-shaped graphic motorsports elements on the front wings are particularly striking, recalling the early days of Porsche competition history. A further highlight is the Porsche Heritage badge on the luggage compartment grille, which is reminiscent of the one that was awarded back in the day when a Porsche 356 reached the 100,000 kilometres mark. This seal of quality from the past – with a modern twist – will grace the rear of all four Porsche Heritage Design models. The connection between past and present is also emphasised by the 1963 Porsche Crest on the bonnet, steering wheel, wheel centres and vehicle key. The historical motif is also embossed on the head restraints and key pouch. Further emphasis is provided by the new model’s standard 20/21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels and classic-look brake callipers finished in Black.

World premiere of the new Porsche 911 Targa
Following on from the Coupé and Cabriolet, the third body variant of the new 911 generation now makes its debut with the all-wheel drive 911 Targa 4 and 911 Targa 4S models. The two new 911 models celebrate their premiere on the Porsche web TV channel 9:11 Magazine.

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The interior also pays tribute to the past with the exclusive two-tone leather interior combining Bordeaux Red leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige or Black leather with OLEA club leather in Atacama Beige. The use of corduroy on seats and door trims signals the return of a material used in the Porsche 356, reviving the zeitgeist and fashion of the 50s. The classic looks of the green-illuminated rev counter and stopwatch underline the emotive nature of the concept in the same way that the perforated roofliner in microfibre fabric and extensive Exclusive Manufaktur leather trim do. A metal badge on the trim panel of the dashboard records the individual limited edition number.

The first Heritage Design model is based on the new 992 generation 911 Targa introduced just days ago and has been equipped with the latest technology for chassis, assistance systems and infotainment. It is powered by a high-tech 331 kW (450 PS; 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition: Fuel consumption combined 10.3 – 9.9 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 235 – 227 g/km) biturbo boxer engine which, in combination with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, accelerates the 911 Targa (with Launch Control) from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 304 km/h.

Porsche Heritage Design strategy: re-interpreting classic design elements
The Heritage Design models emphasise the lifestyle dimension that represents particularly emotive concepts within the Porsche product strategy. In this case, the Style Porsche design department and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur are reinterpreting iconic 911 models and interiors of the 50s through to the 80s, bringing period characteristics of those times back to life. The Heritage Design package for the 2019 911 Speedster provided an initial preview of this strategy and Porsche will, in time, produce a total of four special limited edition models.

911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, 2020, Porsche AG
911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph: the watch to match the car
In the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition Chronograph, Porsche Design has created a high-quality timepiece exclusively for owners of the new car. This mechanical watch has an elegant and clean design and, just like the car, is limited to 992 units. Again just like the car, the designers have drawn their inspiration for many of its details from the legendary Porsche 356 and iconic Porsche 911 Targa. For example, the design of its watch face, with its white second hand and Phosphorus Green rings, is inspired by the cars’ speedometer and rev counter while the hours on the watch face are inscribed in a font that is deeply characteristic of Porsche. The new watch’s strap is made of genuine Porsche interior leather and the way that 911 is embossed in it is a further tribute to the iconic sports car.

911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph, 2020, Porsche AG
911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph, 2020, Porsche AG
911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph, 2020, Porsche AG
911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph, 2020, Porsche AG
911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph, 2020, Porsche AG
911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph, 2020, Porsche AG
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World premiere in 9:11 Magazine web TV format
The sports car manufacturer is presenting the new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition to a global audience in its own web TV format. At 911-magazine.porsche.com/en/, Alexander Fabig, Head of Individualization and Classic; Boris Apenbrink, Director of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur Vehicles; and Ivo van Hulten, Director Interior Design Style Porsche, describe the highlights of the exclusive special-edition model.

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