The all new 992 Targa will be released on May 18th but due to some leaks, we’ve received information beforehand. The 992 Targa looked exactly like we expected it to, with a retractable roof and a curved glass rear window. Personally, I feel like the light bar really compliments the Targa and looks like an homage to the 993.
The Targa 4 comes with the usual 3.0 liter twin turbo Flat 6 hosting 380 horsepower and 332 lb/ft of torque, and the 4S hosts a nice 444 hp and 391 lb/ft of torque. It’ll be mated to an 8 speed PDK transmission. Fortunately, you can spec the 4S with a 7 speed manual. Our previous articles on the 992 linked here cover the rest of the usual quirks and features on the 992 generation. The Targa is equipped with adaptive cruise control and night vision, as most Porsches are these days. You can also option the Sport Chrono Package and the Sport suspension which lowers the car by 10mm.
On May 18th, the 992 Targa was officially revealed to the public, and this thing is a looker. It’s fast too, really fast. 60 mph in the base model takes just 4 seconds flat with the Sport Chrono Package equipped; and it keeps pushing all the way to a top speed of 179 mph. The Targa 4S on the other hand goes even faster with a mere 3.4 seconds (the Porsche Carrera GT did it in 3.9) before topping out at a very impressive 188 mph.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the targa. As a matter of fact, I truly believe that the Targa should completely replace the 911 Cabriolet, the design just works. But I will not deny that these good looks and open top experience come at a cost. That gorgeous glass roof adds weight, a lot of weight. The Targa 4S weighs 46 lbs more than the Carrera 4S Cabriolet and a whopping 200 lbs more than a Carrera 4S Coupe. Is it worth it? It’s all up to the buyer. Personally, I’d take a Targa 4S over a Carrera 4S Coupe but not a Carrera S Coupe-I’m a big fan of rear wheel drive.
But if you would prefer the Targa, those good looks don’t come cheap. The base model starts at $119,300 while the Targa 4S comes in at $135, 200. If you want one, you better really want it.
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