Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS
Will the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS be Robb Report's 2016 Car of the Year?
In 1965, Porsche unveiled its original Targa at the International Auto Show in Frankfurt, Germany. This year, to celebrate the car’s 50th anniversary, the automaker introduced the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Equipped with a standard 7-speed manual transmission, the car is capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph in 4.5 seconds and can reach a top speed of 187 mph. When outfitted with an optional PDK double-clutch gearbox (as this Robb Report Car of the Year entrant is), the car accelerates to 60 mph in only 4.1 seconds; the transmission’s extra weight, however, reduces the car’s top speed by 1 mph.
The Targa 4 GTS features a roof that resembles the original Targa’s, but unlike that vehicle’s removable roof, this one is windproof, waterproof, and operates automatically. The fabric-covered magnesium panel rises or retract at the push of a button and takes only 19 seconds. However, it operates only when the car is at a standstill. The roof’s mechanisms add weight: The car is 242 pounds heavier than the 911 cabriolet and 397 pounds heavier than the 911 coupe. Porsche offers the Targa with standard all-wheel drive.
Configuration: Rear-engine, all-wheel-drive convertible
Engine: 3.8-liter Flat-6
Transmission: 7-speed automatic PDK
Power: 430 hp at 7,500 rpm
Torque: 325 ft lbs at 5,750 rpm
Curb Weight: 3,439 lbs
Zero to 60 mph: 4.1 seconds
Top Speed: 187 mph
Base Price: $132,800