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