Porsche 911 Targa 4 PDK Review

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
17 Mar 2015

The Targa is to the 911 what the Beetle cabriolet is to the Beetle. An icon created within an icon, the Targa is one of the most iconic body styles for the 911 since the first generation launched in 1967. It’s sort of a compromise between a full topless experience and the safety of a coupe.

Identified by its distinctive fixed roll over hoop, the new model harks back to the original Targa that featured a roof panel that had to be removed manually. Of course having spent more than half a million on the current 991 model, it wouldn’t look good on Porsche to still expect you to do any manual labour.

The new roof is a fully electric operation and a complex one at that. The entire rear windscreen lifts itself out of the way for the cloth roof to fold neatly behind the Targa hoop. The whole ballet takes 19 seconds to complete and can only be done when the car is at a standstill which can pose a bit of an inconvenience if the heavens decide to open up without warning. 

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Engine Capacity 3436cc
Engine Type Flat 6
Compression Ratio 12.5:1
Power 350bhp @ 7400rpm
Torque 390Nm @ 5600rpm
Power to Weight 224.4 bhp per ton


Acceleration 5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 280 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 11.5 km/L
Drag Coefficient 0.300

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed PDK
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric


Body Type Cabriolet
(L x W x H)
(4491 x 1852 x 1298) mm
Wheelbase 2450 mm
Kerb Weight 1560 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 68 L