Quick Drive: Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
- Written by Narend Sooknarine
- Published in Driving Impressions
There are very few cars that will let you rediscover the joy of a sports car like a Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS. It can satisfy almost any automotive enthusiast while delivering a value-laden spec sheet that really does tick the right boxes if you love fast driving. While we know it is a willing partner for track days, the GTS also proved to be a very comfortable grand tourer on our Miami to Naples Porsche Experience trip.
What sets it aparts is the Targa roof configuration, which adds enough automation of the car’s roof to let you feel like you’re in an episode of Transformers. With an integrated roll hoop, you will also be more protected in the unlikely event of a rollover than in a traditional convertible vehicle. With the top retracted into the trunk, you can enjoy the rush of the wind, without too much buffeting, along with one of the world’s best six-cylinder soundtracks as you run through the gears to redline.
While we know it is a willing partner for track days, the GTS also proved to be a very comfortable grand tourer...
And of course, you can make an easy return to the quieter security of a coupé just by pressing a button. The seats are very comfortable, yet supportive enough for spirited driving. All this flexibility gives you a range of potential experiences that are bound to make any journey that much more exciting, whether you’re out for a spin around the block, or planning a multi-day interstate road trip. While combustion engined cars are feared to be a dying breed Porsche has partnered with HIF in Chile to create sustainable e-fuels, made from renewable hydrogen and extracting carbon out of the air. These fuels are reportedly already in use in Porsche's motorsport teams.
...Porsche has partnered with HIF in Chile to create synthetic, sustainable e-fuels fuels, made from renewable hydrogen and extracting carbon out of the air.
You will be treated to the rush of 473hp (353 kW / 480 PS) arriving at 6500rpm and 420ft-lb (570 Nm) of torque spread from 2300-5000rpm...
As is expected of any Porsche, pressing the accelerator pedal in the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS does not disappoint. You will be treated to the rush of 473hp (353 kW / 480 PS) arriving at 6500rpm and 420ft-lb (570 Nm) of torque spread from 2300-5000rpm as you run to the 3.0-litre twin turbo flat six engine’s 7500rpm redline. Thanks to Porsche’s VarioCam Plus, this is a very flexible engine– it is able to vary the timing on both the intake and exhaust cams while providing extra valve lift on the intake side. With map-controlled thermal management and a switchable water pump, durability and track day performance are both assured. And the sound is eargasmic.
For our drive, we used the 8-speed PDK and truth be told, while I love manual gearboxes, the PDK is a joy for most racing gamers, and ultimately delivers top level performance and better fuel economy in most cases, despite the extra weight. It’s like Gran Turismo but ‘IRL’ (in real life). And with steering mounted paddles, sequential shifting feels like second nature once you get used to it. In the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS with the PDK, 0-60mph comes up in a scant 3.3 seconds, and the 200km/h just 12.5 seconds, en route to a 307km/h (191mph) top speed. The tank holds 67 litres of fuel and average fuel consumption is in the range of 20-23mpg in the combined cycles.
...with the PDK, 0-60mph comes up in a scant 3.3 seconds, and the 200km/h just 12.5 seconds, en route to a 307km/h (191mph) top speed.
While our route didn’t offer much in the way of winding roads, we did get to experience limited cornering feel on on- and off-ramps as well as gentle curves on the highways between Miami and Naples. The brakes also felt fully capable, not that there was need to test them too much on our cruise. With its 21-inch rear wheels and 20-inch fronts, you get that old-school race car-style staggered stance, especially with the wider 305/30s at the back vs. the 245/35s up front. And the bodywork to match. All this while giving nothing away in terms of comfort, while enhancing performance.
On this trip we also had the opportunity to drive two more GTS models– the Macan GTS and Taycan GTS, be sure to check out those features right here on zorce.com.
Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
|911 Targa 4 GTS||911 Targa 4 GTS (MT)|
|Engine Power||[email protected] (353kW)||[email protected] (353kW)|
|Engine Torque||[email protected] (570Nm)||[email protected] (570Nm)|
|Engine Displacement/Type||2981cc/Flat-6 VarioCam Plus; Bi-turbo VTG; GPF||2981cc/Flat-6 VarioCam Plus; Bi-turbo VTG; GPF|
|Max. Engine Speed / Compression||7500rpm/ 10.2:1||7500rpm / 10.2:1|
|Transmission||8-speed Dual Clutch (PDK)||7-speed manual|
|Drive Config. / Differential||AWD w/PTM/PTV Plus elec. locking diff. w/variable torque dist.||AWD w/PTM/PTV Plus elec. locking diff. w/variable torque dist.|
|Brakes F/R||6-piston 408mm disc / 4-piston 380mm disc (all vented, drilled)||6-piston 408mm disc / 4-piston 380mm disc (all vented, drilled)|
|Wheel & Tyre Front||8.5J x 20 ET 50 with 245/35 ZR 20 tyres||8.5J x 20 ET 50 with 245/35 ZR 20 tyres|
|Wheel & Tyre Rear||11.5J x 21 ET 67 with 305/30 ZR 21 tyres||11.5J x 21 ET 67 with 305/30 ZR 21 tyres|
|Est. Fuel Consumption Combined/City/Highway||30.5 / 17.1 / 23.7 mpg||30.2 / 15.2 / 22 mpg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity / Fuel Type||67 litres / Super Plus 98 RON||67 litres / Super Plus 98 RON|
|DIN Kerb Weight||1685 kg||1650 kg|