The 992 family continues to grow.
Porsche has officially revealed the latest chapter in the history of the 992 generation 911. Meet the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S, both featuring that distinctive roof that blends the coupe and cabrio into one. For buyers who can't decide between the two, the Targa is the best solution. Owners will enjoy open-roof driving while still retaining the 911's unique silhouette - a styling feature lost with the cabrio once the roof is down. Porsche has offered the Targa body style since 1965 and this latest one retains the characteristic silver roll bar (also available in black), a movable roof section directly above the front seats, and that cool wraparound rear glass.
According to Porsche, the roof can be opened and closed in just 19 seconds by simply pushing a button. The roof itself uses two flat magnesium pieces that hold the fabric roof together. To separate it from its coupe and cabrio siblings slightly more, the Targa features exaggerated wheel housings and a wider rear spoiler.
Aside from the unique roof set up, the Targa is mechanically identical to the rest of the 992 family. Both Targa models come powered by the same 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six engine as the coupe and cabrio, meaning a total of 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque for the Targa 4, and 443 hp and 390 lb-ft for the 4S. An eight-speed dual-clutch is standard while the seven-speed manual gearbox is available as well as a no-cost option.
Porsche has not announced whether the Targa roof makes the 911 heavier or lighter than the cabrio, though we don't suspect it'll differ all that much. For example, the previous generation 991 911 Targa 4 weighed 3,506 pounds while the 991 Cabrio 4 came in at 3,417 pounds.
The Targa 4, when equipped with the optional Sport Chrono Package, will go from 0-60 mph in 4 seconds flat and reach a top speed of 179 mph. The 4S model, with the dual-clutch and Sport Chrono, will make 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and max out at 188 mph.
We don't know yet whether there will be a Targa GTS, as there was with the previous 991, but the 992 GTS coupe and cabrio have to arrive first. Not at all surprisingly, the Targa is the most expensive 992 variant so far, with the sole exceptions being the Turbo and Turbo S.
Pricing for the Targa 4 will begin at $119,300 and $135,200 for the Targa 4S. Neither price includes the $1,350 destination fee. Porsche says the Targa models will arrive in dealerships in late 2020.