The covers are off the revised glass-roofed Porsche 911 Targa that will make its way into the market this autumn. As with the rest of the facelifted 911 range, the most important news is under the bonnet as the Targa, which is only available with four-wheel-drive, gets two new power units with direct fuel injection. More specifically, the Targa 4 is powered by a 3.6-litre flat-six developing 345 Hp (+20 Hp) giving the car a top speed of 284 km/h while the 911 Targa 4S gets a 3.8-litre unit developing 385 Hp (+30 Hp) that can accelerate it on to a top speed of 297 km/h.
Like the rest of the revised 911s, the new Targa 4 and 4S are available for the first time with Porsche’s new 7-speed double-clutch gearbox. With the dual-clutch gearbox the 3.6-litre Targa 4 accelerates to 62mph (100km/h) in exactly 5.0 secs (manual: 5.2 secs) while the Targa 4S, in 4.7 secs (manual 4.9 secs). -Continued
The visual highlight of the 911 Targa remains the 1.54-square metre glass roof that’s made up of two segments, the sliding roof above the occupants and the top-hinged tailgate.
As with the second generation 911 models series overall, the 2009 911 Targa models are distinguished by the subtle design changes of the nose and tail and the use of LED daytime driving lights. Like the four-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 and 4S models, the Targa 4 and 4S also get a 44mm, or 1.73”, wider rear-end along with a new reflective trim that spans the width between the LED rear lights.