New grail: Porsche 911 Targa (992)

992 is the number that indicates the newest generations of Porsches famous 911 model. With the 911 Targa, Porsche introduces it’s third body variant of the 992 since 2019.

The announcement of the new Targa actually includes two models, the 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S. In this article we will discuss both models.

Black looks good on the Targa 4S.

One can distinguish the Targa from other Porsche models by the unique grey roll hoop. The Targa has always had an automatic roof system, which opens just above the two front seats. In the new Targa, the roof opens and closes in 19 seconds, just like on the 991 Targa.

More resemblance

It is not just the roof mechanism that has been taken from the 991 Targa, the drivetrain has been adopted into the next generation as well. This means that the 992 Targa comes as a 4 and 4S. Yes, the four indicates four wheel drive. Not everyone is a fan of this choice, the Porsche 911 got it’s status of ‘widow maker’ by being a powerful, rear engine car which had rear wheel drive.

But Porsche chooses to opt for four wheel drive for the 992 Targa, which results in better traction in even the most stringent driving conditions, but it also takes away some of the action that some Porsche drivers desire.

Engine and specs

Both the Targa 4 and 4S will be powered by a 3.0 six-cylinder boxer. In the Targa 4 this engine produces 385 hp, and the engine in the 911 Targa 4S delivers 450 horsepower.

Both models will come with Porsche eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, known as PDK. But Porsche hasn’t forgotten about it’s purists, the new 911 Targa 4S has a seven-speed manual gearbox as an option, which comes with Porsches Sport Chrono package.

Speaking of the Sport Chrono package, the 992 Targa 4 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds with the package installed, whereas the 4S takes only 3.6 seconds to reach the same speed if it is equipped with Sport Chrono.

Wheels and tires

The Targa 4 will be equipped with 19-inch allow wheels on the front, and 20-inch wheels on the rear axle. The 992 Targa 4S takes it an inch further and will be fitted with 20-inch wheels on the front axle and 21-inch rear wheels. The rubbers on those wheels will be ZR tires.

Both models come with steel brakes, and ceramic brakes are optional.

All 992 Porsches come standard with ‘Wet mode’. The front wheel housing will be stocked with sensors to detect whether the car is driving through large amounts of water. If that is the case, the driver will be alerted and can choose to manually turn on Wet mode. Porsches smart driving systems will be adopted to the weather conditions to ensure good driving stability and safety.

Fun with the Targa

Even though the 992 version of the Targa comes with four wheel drive, this doesn’t mean the car is boring. The 911 Targa 4S will come with Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus, which can enable fully variable torque distribution over the wheels. PTV Plus is optional on the Targa 4.

Targa 4S with open roof.

Both models will come with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), which automatically adjusts the damping to adopt to different driving conditions and ensure comfort. It offers two maps that both can be adjusted by the driver: normal and sport.

History

The 992 Targa is introduced 55 years after the world met the first Porsche 911 Targa, the Targa 2.0. The stainless steel roll bar (or should I say; anti-roll bar) was marketed as a safety feature, but the Targa became not only popular because of it’s safety, the iconic Targa detachable roof and roll bar just look very good. Where this remarkable Targa look was missing in the 997 Targa, Porsche greatly improved the design with the 991 Targa line-up. The 992 edition can be regarded as an update, not a revision.

Interior

The interior of the 992 Targa 4 and 4S is designed to be classy yet sporty, just like we’re used to from Porsche. The rev counter is placed centrally behind the steering wheel, emphasizing that the Targa is meant to be used as a sports car. The dashboard is as modern as it should be with large screens and software like Connect Plus and Apple Car Play.

Manual 992 Targa.

Pricing

The 911 Targa 4S will set you back about 144 000 euros if you buy the car in Germany, the Targa 4 will cost German buyers 128 000 euros. These prices are without any options selected on the PDK models.

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