With its distinctive removable roof and roll bar, the Porsche 911 Targa is an iconic convertible sports car that has been captivating car enthusiasts for over five decades. The Targa was named after the famous Targa Florio road race in Sicily, Italy, where Porsche had enjoyed great success in the 1950s and 60s.
The Targa was originally developed in response to fear that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would make it harder for soft-top cars to meet regulations in the US – a popular market for 911’s and convertibles. In order to protect sales of the convertible 911, Porsche added a stainless-steel roll bar, removable roof panel, and ‘soft-windows’ that can be folded away. Throughout the years, the iconic roll bar was present in various Targa models, until 1995, with the introduction of the 911 Type 993 Targa which instead sported a ‘greenhouse’ design with a large frameless glass roof.
This shape continued until 2014, at which point the roll cage made a return for the 991.1 Targa, which came in Targa 4, Targa 4S and Targa 4 GTS variants. This cemented the Targa as the perfect convertible sports car, offering incredible performance, without compromising on the open-top experience. Bringing more technology to the Targa range, this was the start of a new era when it comes to convertible Porsches.
This design continues into the new 992 generation of Porsche 911’s with the new Targa 4 and Targa 4S models. Powered by a 3.0L twin-turbo flat-six engine, the new models boast 380hp and 444hp respectively, both more powerful than their predecessors. The new generation of Targa saw numerous upgrades and redesigns from the previous model too, helping it become an extremely rounded and reliable car, capable of delivering an incredible driving experience and sheer driving pleasure.