Detroit 2015: Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

What do you get if you cross a Porsche 911 Targa 4 with a 911 Carrera GTS? Well, a 911 Targa 4 GTS, of course!

This variation will stand at the top of the Targa model line and gives you a cool retro roof and 316kW to play with. It’ll spit you out to 100km/h in 4.3 seconds (ugh, that’s slower than the Cayenne Turbo S) and has a top speed beyond 300km/h.

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS goes on sale down under in the second quarter of 2015 and is priced from $305,300.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

911 Targa 4 GTS and Cayenne Turbo S: two world premiers

Australia. The 911 Targa 4 GTS and Cayenne Turbo S are celebrating their world premieres at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

For the first time, the 911 Targa 4 GTS combines the successful GTS idea with the classic targa concept. Its more powerful engine with 316 kW (430 hp) and standard Sport Chrono package generate even more dynamic performance. Other GTS-specific ingredients include matt black 20-inch wheels with central wheel locks, sport design front end, black air intake screens and, also in black, GTS logos on the doors, at the rear and on the rollover protection bar. Inside, the black Alcantara on the steering wheel and seats and trim accents made of black brushed aluminium add to the hard core sports character.

The new high horsepower Cayenne is distinguished by its new engine charging concept with turbochargers integrated in the exhaust manifolds. This increases the power of the Cayenne Turbo S to 419 kW (570 hp), which is 37 kW (50 hp) more than the standard Turbo model. Maximum torque, which is increased by 50 Nm over the Turbo model to 800 Nm, enables superlative performance and even better responsiveness from the biturbo engine.

The new 911 Targa 4 GTS: More powerful, dynamic and exquisitely styled

To mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa, Porsche is offering this very popular model in the more powerful and dynamic GTS version for the first time. The targa concept of the 911 Targa 4 GTS delivers very safe driving enjoyment with all-wheel drive and a rollover protection bar; it also delivers open-air fun with a targa top that stows fully automatically. Contributing to a boost in dynamic performance is the 316 kW (430 hp) GTS engine together with the standard Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis, 20-inch wheels and sport exhaust system.

Despite its significantly extended features, the weight-to-power ratio with the 430-hp engine is improved from 3.9 kg to just 3.6 kg per horsepower compared to the S model. This lets the Targa 4 GTS reach a top speed of over 300 km/h with a PDK transmission, and the stopwatch records 4.3 seconds for the sprint from zero to 100 km/h. Although the engine produces an additional 22 kW (30 hp), its combined fuel consumption – which ranges from 9.2 to 10.0 L/100 km, depending on the type of transmission – is exactly the same as for the 911 Targa 4S.

The latest Targa can be made out at first glance as a GTS model with all-wheel drive, because – compared to the two-wheel drive 911 Carrera models – the rear wheel arches are flared an additional 22 mm, and the rear tyres are 10 mm wider. The front view is defined by the sport design of the car’s front end with an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator and the smoked bi-xenon headlights that feature the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS).

In profile view characteristic GTS attributes are the silky gloss black 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, the sport design door mirrors and “GTS” signatures on the doors. The “targa” logo on the silver rollover protection bar is also painted in silky gloss black. Black accents at the rear are the glossy trim on the air inlet screen, the model logo and the chrome tailpipes.

GTS DNA also defines the interior of the 911 Targa 4 GTS. Integrated at the center of the instrument panel is the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono package. In the front, the four-way adjustable Sport Plus seats – with their black GTS logo on the head rests – provide additional lateral support and long-distance cruising comfort for driver and passenger. The dominant interior material is black Alcantara, which is just half the weight of leather.

The targa has been an established member of the 911 line-up since its debut in 1965. Around one out of eight 911s previously sold was a targa. The market share of the latest generation of this exquisitely styled 911 with its characteristic rollover protection bar is 13 percent – and it is growing. With the 911 Targa 4 GTS, Porsche is extending its line-up of the modern classic by adding a top model whose extensive package of standard features and price are appealing.

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will be available in Australia in the second quarter of the year, priced from $305,300.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: fuel consumption urban 13.9-12.5 l/100 km, extra-urban 7.7-7.1 l/100 km, combined 10.0-9.2 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 237-214 g/km; efficiency class: G-F