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New Porsche Targa unveiled

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The Porsche 911 Targa has been unveiled and it might confuse some people who are not sure what the Targa version is, well its sort of a “slahla” that hasn’t “lahla’ed” everything….get it? Nope, well its more like a body suit lingerie that allows you enjoy some of the “benefits” without going all extreme erratic. I hope you get it cause that’s as far as I can go. Anyway back to the Targa.

The Cabriolet 911 has a folding roof which neatly stores at the back leaving that open deck look to the model whilst the Targa removes the whole mid-top part whilst leaving the rearmost wrap around glass and rollover hoop in place. The whole process of opening and closing is quite eventful and for us, isilumiso (crowd pleaser) of note. Check the video below and forget about the lingerie I mentioned earlier.

 

The design is pure latest 911 in design (i.e. 992 Generation in Porsche speak), its body features more pronounced wheel housings at the front and, between its LED headlights, its bonnet has a distinctive recess evoking the design of the first 911 generations. Its rear has a wider, variably extending rear spoiler and seamlessly integrated, elegant light bar. With the exception of the front and rear sections, the entire outer skin is made from aluminium. The Targa 4 gets 19-inch wheels up front and 20-inch wheels at the rear whilst the Targa 4s carries a 20-inch front, 21-inch rear combination.

 

Inside its pure 992 generation Porsche design with the 2 seater exhibiting high quality materials.

Powering the Targa 4 is a 283kW/450Nm Turbo 3.0-litre flat six whilst the Targa 4S has the same engine tuned to 331kW/530Nm. The Targa 4, in combination with the optional Sport Chrono package, accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds – one tenth faster than before. The Targa 4S reaches the 100 km/h mark in just 3.6 seconds under the same conditions – four tenths faster than its predecessor. Top speed of the 911 Targa 4 is 289 km/h, while the 4S peaks at 304 km/h. Fuel efficiency is claimed at 9.8l/100km for the Targa 4 whilst the Targa 4S is claimed at 10.3l/100km. All current Targa models feature the intelligent all-wheel-drive (hence all have the 4 next to the Targa) and come with either an 8-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (PDK) or the newly developed 7-speed manual transmission, with which the Sport Chrono package is included. Technology like Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Vectoring Plus are all designed to ensure that the legendary handling characteristics of the 911 are also enjoyed by Targa owners.

 

Maintenance packages and local pricing is not yet available but those enthusiast lucky enough to afford this can now approach local Porsche dealers (Jozi, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town).

 

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