German sportscar giant Porsche has launched the 911 Targa 4 and 4S models in India. Now, if you think that the sportscars’ nomenclature seems similar to the ubiquitous Apple iPhone, well it actually is. The Targa 4 is the lower powered version, if a car with 350 horses can be called that, while the Targa 4S adds horsepower and torque. The 911 Targa 4 is priced at 1.59 crore rupees while the 4S retails for 1.78 crore rupees, both prices reflecting ex-showroom Delhi figures.
Like all Porsches sold in India, the 911 Targa range is imported into the country through the completely built unit (CBU) route. As its name suggests, the 911 Targa is a convertible whose soft top will provide for weather protection when conditions are less than ideal while offering wind-in-the-hair motoring for the rest of the time. The design of the 2015 911 Targa is unique in that the sportscar now dispenses with the B and C pillars. The B-Pillar’s functionality is now fulfilled by the Targa band, which also offers rollover production.
The C-Pillar is replaced by a transparent glass window section, that folds into the area behind the rear seats of the car, along with the targa top. The car takes 19 seconds to get topless, with sensors at the rear scanning for possible obstacles at the rear while the Targa top retracts behind the rear seat. The car uses a 3.4 liter, horizontally opposed six cylinder petrol engine that makes 350 Bhp of peak power and 390 Nm of peak torque. The Targa 4S variant jacks up engine capacity to 3.8 liters, upping outputs to 400 Bhp-440 Nm.
Though both cars get 7 speed stick shifters internationally, the ones sold in India will use the 7 speed PDK twin clutch automatic transmission as a means of driving all four wheels through the Porsche Traction Management (PTM) system. While the 0-100 Kph sprints on both variants are clocked in under 5 seconds, top speeds for the Targa 4 and 4S variants are rated at 282 Kph and 296 Kph respectively. Sport Chrono and Carerra S Powerkit packages are also available as optional extras, and specifying the Targa 4S with these packages increases horsepower ratings, while cutting down on acceleration timings. The order book for this sportscar is now open and Porsche will sell the 911 Targa range through multiple dealerships spread across India.