PORSCHE 911 Targa 4 GTS
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Porsche introduced the GTS version for the 911 family in 2011 as a perfect balance between performance and daily driving experience, and, in 2021, it added that option for the 992 generation.
The Targa version was already a unique presence on the sports car market. Porsche designed it on top of the 911 Cabriolet version but added a massive system with servomotors and a large glass panel that opened and closed at a touch of a button. The LED headlights received darkened areas for the GTS version, while other black elements adorned the front side scoops and the rear diffuser. Also, the thick B-pillar, specific for the Targa version, was piano-black regardless of the car’s color.
Porsche didn’t have too much imagination for the interior and placed black trims all over the place. The instrument panel was similar to the rest of the 992 range but adorned it with the GTS lettering inside the analog tachometer. The rest of the dials were digital. Integrated above the center stack, the PCM (Porsche Communication Management) screen of the infotainment system matched the black color of the dashboard when turned off.
The Targa 4GTS was the best of all worlds, providing all-wheel-drive traction, an open-top experience, and a fixed-roof feeling in the same car. Its automatic transmission and adaptive suspension completed the image of a daily-driver sports car.
After half of the century on the market, the Porsche Targa deserved a special edition, which came as the Targa 4 GTS in 2015.
In the beginning, it was just another cheaper way to create an open-top vehicle without giving up the performances. The 1955 Targa featured a removable top and a rear folding plastic windscreen. Fast forward to 2014, and the German carmaker unveiled a new version of the Targa model, which was way more complicated than a regular convertible. It couldn’t be operated while the car was moving.
The way the 991 uncovered was unique, with its rear windscreen popping out and moving backward. Its security arch was dismantled and allowed the soft-top to go down behind the rear seats, and then the rear glass and the security arch were assembled back together. That left the car with the frameless door windows and nothing more above the front seat occupants. At the front, the car featured the same fascia as the regular Carrera GTS, while Porsche carried over the rear fenders from the all-wheel-drive Carrera.
Inside, the Targa 4 GTS featured the stopwatch carried over from the Sport Chrono package in the middle of the dashboard. In front of the driver, the instrument cluster featured the Porsche-specific five-dial panel with the big tachometer in the middle that sported the GTS lettering in handwriting. The four-way adjustable Sport Plus seats were also embroidered with a black GTS logo on their headrests.
Under the skin, the Carrera 4 GTS featured the PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) system. Its flat-six engine produced 30 more ponies than the regular Targa 4S and reached 430 hp from the same 3.8-liter displacement. Its standard transmission was a six-speed manual, while Porsche offered a seven-speed PDK (dual-clutch) automatic transmission as an option.