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2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4 and 4S Have Arrived, Perfectly Balancing Everything We Expect from the Iconic Sports Car

The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa has arrived with our friends in Stuttgart bringing us the latest-generation 911 we’ve been waiting for. With both the Targa 4 and Targa 4S, we get a timeless design with modern tech and even more power than their respective predecessors. And of course, its most distinguishing features are the fully automatic roof system and characteristic Targa bar.

The Targa’s always been positioned as a best of both worlds, giving us an open-top driving experience whenever we want and a well-crafted sports car that you can daily in both comfort and style. The roof can be opened or closed in just 19 seconds and both the Targa 4 and 4S get reworks of a six-cylinder, three-liter twin-turbo boxer engine. The end result sees the 911 Targa 4 getting 379 hp and the 911 Targa 4S getting 443 hp. This results in 0 to 60 times of 4.0 seconds and 3.4 seconds respectively when both are paired with PDK and the optional Sport Chrono Package.

Along with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the intelligent all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management is also standard to provide both traction and driving pleasure, all year around. But many will be happy to hear that a new seven-speed manual transmission debuts here as an option for the 911 Targa 4S at no charge and with the Sport Chrono Package included as standard.

Keeping with the times and innovations, the 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S continues on and now offers Porsche InnoDrive, which includes adaptive cruise control, as an option on PDK-equipped models for the first time. The enhanced Smartlift function for the optional front axle lift system has gotten smarter also, allowing frequently visited locations to be programmed so that the front end of the car is raised automatically when needed. Sounds simple but that’s actually a tremendous feature for anyone that’s got a steep driveway and is frequently seen stopping in the middle of the street, tinkering with the lift button and impatiently waiting for their car to raise.

Step in the cockpit and you’ll see a straight-lined dashboard and its recessed instruments, with inspiration coming from the 911 of the 1970s. Five toggle switches for important vehicle functions can be seen right under the 10.9-inch, Porsche Communication Management screen.

With all that’s happening under the hood and inside the cabin, there’s a lot to appreciate on the 911 Targa’s exterior. The Targa bar and roof have gone through subtle enhancements from the previous generation. The Targa bar can be had in either silver or black with the “Targa” insignia on each side, which has graced 911 Targa models since 1965. And then there’s the 992’s design elements making their presence felt here in the new 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S. From the more pronounced wheel housings and distinctive recess on the front hood up front to the wider, variably extending spoiler and a seamlessly integrated and elegant light bar on the back, there’s much to appreciate in Porsche’s latest creation and how they‘re continuing to carry the Targa badge.

The 2021 911 Targa 4 and Targa 4S are both available to order now with delivery expected to come in late 2020. MSRP comes in at $119,300 for the 2021 911 Targa 4 and $135,200 for the 2021 911 Targa 4S. See more of both models in the gallery.