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Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is Looking Good at 50


Porsche 911 Targa GTS 1Back in January 2014, Porsche revived one of their most iconic sports cars ever, the unmistakable 911 Targa 4. First introduced in 1965, the Targa was Porsche’s solution to fears of an impending ban on fully open convertibles in one of their major markets, the USA. The revolutionary ‘semi-convertible’ was characterised by its arching stainless steel roll bar, removable roof panel and distinctive domed glass rear window.  Half a century on and, as the old Porsche cliché goes, not much has changed in terms of design. To mark the 50th anniversary of the 911 Targa in 2015, the German brand is pumping up the power as the Targa 4 gets the GTS treatment at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show.

Porsche 911 Targa GTS 2Top of the list of birthday presents is the 430bhp GTS power unit. This 3.8 litre 6 cylinder engine channels its power through a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission and will get the Targa sprinting from 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds up to a heady top speed of 186mph.

Styling tweaks compliment the beefed up performance of the all-wheel drive Targa 4 GTS. The rear wheel arches are suitably flared for added aesthetic impact whilst the rear tires are also10 mm wider. The signature GTS motif can be found on the doors just below the sports design door mirrors, with the black targa logo adorning the silver roll bar. GTS-line regulars also feature prominently, such as the Sport Chrono package, PASM chassis, 20-inch wheels and sport exhaust system with black chrome tailpipes.

Beneath the automatically stowing targa top can be found the Sport Chrono package stopwatch integrated at the centre of the instrument panel and four-way adjustable front seats emblazoned with a black GTS logo on each head rest. The interior is finished in super-light black Alcantara trim.

The 911 Targa 4 GTS will be rolled out here in the UK from spring 2015, with pricing starting from a shade under £105,000.Porsche 911 Targa GTS