2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4

After giving the 991.2-generation a refresh, it was only a
matter of time before Porsche updated the 911 line-up. The
 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 however come with subtle
changes as Porsche likes to keep their excellent 911 design
largely unchanged.

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 Exterior

The outer profile comes unchanged from that of the outgoing
model except for some mild tweaks here and there.  At the
front the Targa features smoother air intakes and slimmer
4-point daytime running lights. The vehicle also features
redesigned headlights.

On the sides, there are no recess covers on the door handle
which has led to a cleaner look. At the back, the vehicle
features a new decklid featuring vertical louvers as opposed to
horizontal design on the outgoing model. The rear also features
redesigned 4-point taillights linked by a single 3D light
strip. The light strip illuminates the rear as well as
accentuate the vehicles broader dimensions.

To complete the unique Targa look is the signature open top
soft roof which seems to wrap around the rear glass as well as
feature the silver Targa-bar B-pillars. The roofline is more
appealing than the topless Cabriolet. The roof panel is
operated via the touch of a button and when opened, the roof is
hidden behind the vehicle’s rear seats.

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 Interior

Just like the exterior, the interior is a carryover of the
outgoing model with minimal changes. The cabin features
well-bolstered seats upholstered in premium leather, A 3-spoke
multi-function steering wheel, a center console with numerous
buttons, premium materials and a tachometer which is mounted at
the center of the gauge pod.

Most updates are found on the Porsche Communication
infotainment system which is offered as standard. It features a
7-inch multi-touch screen and a navigation system which allows
hand-written inputs. The system is offered with a one year free
subscription for Google Street View, internet radio, real-time
traffic updates and remote data retrieval. The vehicle will
also feature Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity enables
Smartphone integration.

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The new 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 borrows much from the 918
Spyder features such as the steering wheel. The standard
steering wheel measures 14.76 inches while the optional GT
Sport steering wheel measures 14.17 inches. The vehicle is also
equipped with a hydraulic feature which helps increase the
front ground clearance by 1.57 inches via the push of a button.
This enables the Targa to navigate angled roads and speed bumps
with ease without damaging its chin.

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Engine Specs and Performance

Under the hood, the 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S feature a
new 3.0 L, V6 engine. Though the new engine comes with a
smaller displacement than the outgoing model, the automaker has
added two turbochargers that compensate for the lost
displacement resulting in more power and torque as well as a
12% better efficiency.

The Targa 4 which is the base model will deliver 370 hp and 331
lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the 4S which comes with a
new exhaust and a modified compressor coupled with a new engine
tuning comes good with 420 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque. Both
models will feature a 7-speed manual transmission system as
standard with an option for the automaker’s 7-speed dual-clutch
PDK.

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2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 3.0 L, V6 Engine

The Targas are normally offered in AWD. With a manual
transmission, the Targa 4 makes the 0-60 mph run in 4.5
seconds, adding a PDK cuts 0.2 seconds. For more speed, buyers
can opt for the Sport Chrono Package which features a rotary
dial to the steering wheel. This provides four driving modes
i.e. Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual.

With the individual mode, you can customize various settings
such as PDK transmission, suspension and exhaust among others.
With this package, the Targa 4 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.1
seconds. The Targa 4 has a top speed of 179 mph. On the other
hand, the more potent Targa 4S with a manual transmission makes
the 0-60 mph dash in 4.2 seconds and 4 seconds flat with
addition of the PDK. The Sport Chrono package lowers the
acceleration to 3.8 seconds. The Targa 4S has a top speed of
188mph.

Price and release date

To get your hands on a 2017 Porsche 911 Targa 4 , you will have
to part with $ 108,600 for the standard model without any
options. The Targa 4S without any options starts MSRP at $
122,600. To get a PDK on any of the two models, you will pay an
extra $ 3,200 while the Sport Chrono Packages adds an extra
$1,920.

Other options like 20-inch wheels, Sport exhaust system, a
full-leather interior and other options will come at an extra
price which takes the price of a fully equipped 2017 Porsche
911 Targa 4S beyond $ 150,000. The convertibles will be
available on dealer showrooms starting from April 2016.

Picture from L.A. Auto Show

Picture from L.A. Auto Show

Competition

There are not that many convertible sports cars in this price
range. As such most competition will come from the
Jaguar F-Type and Ashton Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.