The new Porsche 911 Targa pays homage to the original version from 1965 and is being offered with two engine options and All-Wheel Drive as standard.
Bringing retro back with a modern touch, Porsche has launched the 911 Targa in India with prices starting at Rs. 1.56 crores (ex-showroom, Maharashtra). An iconic model to join the Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s exotic lineup, the Targa 4 and 4S models pay homage to the original sports car from 1965 and is based on the contemporary seventh generation 911 sports car now equipped with the Targa top.
Design – The Porsche 911 Targa signifies the semi-convertible body style with a fixed targa bar and also features state-of-the-art roof technology. The 911 Targa gets a wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and most significantly a wraparound rear window minus the C-pillar. However, unlike the original models, the new Targa comes with an electronically operated roof that opens and stows behind the rear seats within 19 seconds.
Engines – The 2015 Porsche 911 Targa is available in two versions namely the ‘Targa 4’ and ‘Targa 4S’ and the former is powered by the 3.4-litre flat 6-cylinder engine tuned to produce 350 HP of power and 390 Nm of torque. The top-of-the-line 4S, on the other hand, comes with the 3.8-litre 6-cylinder engine producing 400 HP and 440 Nm of torque. You can also order the 4S with the optional Carrera S Powerkit that boosts output by 30 HP. Both the engines come paired to the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (PDK) as standard with power being sent to all wheels via the All-Wheel Drive system.
Performance Figures – The 911 Targa 4 does the 0-100 km/hr sprint in just 4.8 seconds (with the Sport Chrono package) and boasts of a top speed of 282 km/hr. The more powerful 4S can do the same distance in 4.4 seconds and has a top speed of 296 km/hr. In terms of technology, the Targa surely packs in quite a lot featuring electrical system recuperation, map-controlled thermal management of the engine coolant and an auto stop/start function that not only offers exceptional high revving performance but also impressive fuel economy.
Beginning the year on a high note, Porsche certainly has brought in a piece of history in a contemporary package to the country. The Targa 4 and 4S models are available across all Porsche Centres in India.
2015 Porsche 911 Targa Price (ex-showroom, Maharashtra) –
* 911 Targa 4 – Rs. 1,56,10,000/-
* 911 Targa 4S – Rs. 1,75,25,000/-