Porsche has dug into the roots of its past to create the all-new, revamped, 911 Targa, this time as a GTS edition. This is the first time that there has been a GTS version of the Targa, and the specs are indicative that this is a seriously flash car.
Kitted out with a 3.8 litre horizontally opposed 6 cylinder producing 316kW, you’ll get from 0-100km/h in a hurry, 4.3 seconds in fact, all thanks to a partnership with a PDK transmission (Porsche’s double-clutch transmission), or 4.7 seconds with a seven-speed manual transmission. All of this rests on a suspension equipped with PASM, Porsche’s Active Suspension Management system, linked to an all-wheel drive system.
Creature comforts are ample inside the car, with hip hugging sports seats, navigation system, Bluetooth, and stereo, but ‘online services’ is something to take interest in. According to Porsche, by using the free “Aha” app, you can sync your smartphone to the system and gain access to Internet radio, news feeds, podcasts, audiobooks, and even local information such as weather reports. Pretty cool stuff! Out of all the creature comfort features, probably the greatest positive for passengers is the automatic Targa roof, allowing you to open yourself up to the skies from the comfort of your seat.
Those who claim that Porsche’s exterior designers don’t really bother to redesign their new models would have a point when it comes to the looks of the Targa, but honestly, who can blame them? ‘You don’t need to fix what isn’t broken right?’
Harking back to the original, the new Targa shares many of the timeless characteristics of its predecessor. From the side, the car has a gentle curve from front to back, tightening up at the rear just like most Porsches. The rear glass panel embeds itself within this curve to create a seamless transition from body to glass. The front is home to that classic Porsche look, with the flared headlight moulds surrounding the dipping bonnet. Out back you’ll find that the rear taillights make use of the handsome look found on the original, spanning the majority of the rear panel, housed below the grille. Inside, Porsche has stylishly used Alcantara, a lightweight composite material, as a substitute for the typical and weighty leather trim. All the buttons, instruments and display screen are neatly and practically placed, creating a comfortable and user friendly interior.
Porsche has created a contemporary classic; a car with the beautiful looks of a classic automobile, but with the sophistication of modern technology.
Porsche has great clip on their Youtube channel showing the new Targa in motion, honestly it looks like something out of a space-age movie! Have a look
I would also recommend you have a look at the interactive module from Porsche’s website.
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