Text: Brent Co / Photos: Brent Co | posted November 19, 2015 07:10
2016 Porsche 911 Targa 4 gets new turbo engines, improved all-wheel drive system
Porsche staged the world premiere of the new 911 Targa 4 at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show featuring new turbo engines, active chassis and revised hydraulic all-wheel drive system. The unique 911 with the signature aluminum rollover protection bar follows on the update of the current-generation 991.2 chassis recently debuted in Frankfurt.
The iconic member of the 911 family represents about 13 percent of all 911 cars ever sold since its inception in 1965 celebrating 50 years of its special design and driving feeling. Like the legendary original Targa, the current generation has a characteristic wide rollover protection bar instead of B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window without C-pillars. The roof section can be opened or closed at the push of a button, and when opened, the roof element is stored behind the rear seat system.
Aesthetically, it inherits improvements from the new 911 generation range from the headlights with four-point daytime running lights to the door handles without recess covers. The new 911 Targa 4 also gets a newly designed rear lid with vertical louvers and slimmer tail lights with signature four-point brake lights. In between the tail lights, the light bar now has a pronounced three-dimensional, sculptural appearance, with an intensified visual depth when the light is switched on. It also accentuates the typical proportions of the all-wheel drive 911, whose rear fenders flare further outward by 44 mm, just like on the previous all-wheel-drive models.
Replacing the normally aspirated motors are new 3.0-liter flat-six turbo engines which bump up power by 20 PS per variant. The 911 Targa 4 is now rated at 370 PS, while the sportier Targa 4S gets 420 PS. It boasts of better acceleration while being thriftier on fuel by as much as 12-percent.
The all-wheel drive system gets an update for better balance and control. PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) has now been made standard, lowering ride height by 10 mm with rear axle steering available as an option in the S model.
Inside, the new 911 generation offers the easy to operate Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with multi-touch monitor and more functions as standard equipment.
With the optional Sport Chrono package, a steering mounted mode switch will be available for changing between Normal, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual driving modes. With the PDK option, a new extra button known as the Sport Response Button will also be available.