The Porsche 911 Targa 4 Gets the GTS Treatment in Detroit

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Another 911 variant…

If you want a Porsche 911, there’s a variant for you, no matter what kind of driving experience you desire. There’s too many to count using your fingers and toes, and Porsche is adding to that seemingly never-ending list with the new 911 Targa 4 GTS unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

While the sheer number of model variants may seem overwhelming and almost tiresome, the 911 Targa 4 GTS is something packed with excitement. It combines the open-air versatility of the Targa and its incredibly cool opening process with a widened body, all-wheel drive, and that oh-so-special GTS performance.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

To Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, the ‘GTS’ lettering will be adorning the open-air model for the first time ever. The success of the Targa model is undeniable, with about one in every eight 911s sold being a Targa. That figure is 13-percent for the current-generation and has only grown since its offering.

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS features the same 430-horsepower, 325 lb-ft. 3.8-liter flat-six engine stuffed up its rear as the other GTS models along with the standard all-wheel drive system and Sport Chrono package. With the seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission, the sprint from rest to 62 mph takes only 4.3 seconds (0-60 mph 4.1 seconds) while top speed is limited to 186 mph. Also coming standard is the PASM chassis and sport exhaust system with chrome tailpipes that emits a more aggressive tone.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Visually, the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS looks more imposing and exclusive. The rear wheel arches stand out with their 22 mm extensions and 10 mm wider tires, while large black ‘911 Targa 4 GTS’ lettering is worn between the taillights. A sportier, more aggressive design is worn up front with a new opening for the auxiliary middle radiator, black intake screens, and smoked bi-xenon headlights with the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS). Large 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels also sport a darker shade to match the black accents, ‘Targa’ logo on the rollover protection bar, and ‘GTS’ door signatures.

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is geared towards performance inside as opposed to the more comfort-oriented standard variants. The Sport Chrono stopwatch sits front and center while lightweight alcantara adorns most of the cabin. Both of the front passengers are held in place by four-way adjustable Sport Plus seats featuring black GTS headrest logos. A colored tachometer with GTS logo and start up screen displaying the ‘Targa 4 GTS’ silhouette differentiate the gauge cluster from the factory models.

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will be available in Mid-March with US pricing to be released at a later date.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS Specifications

Displacement: 3.8 liters
Number of Cylinders: Flat-six
Aspiration: Naturally aspirated
Maximum Horsepower: 430 at 7,500 RPM
Maximum Torque: 325 lb-ft.

Type: Seven-speed dual-clutch PDK
Drive: All-wheel

Acceleration 0-62 mph: 4.3 seconds
Acceleration 0-60 mph: 4.1 seconds
Top Speed: 186 mph

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS Gallery

Source: Porsche

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