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2021 Porsche 911 Targa: First Look

Porsche is unveiling one of the most attractive versions of the 911 in recent history. The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa debuts with two all-wheel drive versions: the 911 Targa 4 and the 911 Targa 4S. Normally, you’d expect to see this kind of thing at a big auto show in Paris, Geneva or Frankfurt. This time, the latest Porsche debuted online.

Porsche Power

Behind the driver sits a 3.0-liter flat-6 engine with two turbochargers. The twin turbo setup is good for 379 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque, which runs through an 8-speed dual clutch transmission. Power in the 4S jumps up to 443 hp and 309 lb-ft. Here, you have the option of a 7-speed manual transmission. If you get this, the Sport Chrono package is included. The Targa 4 reaches 60 miles per hour in 4 seconds, and that number drops to 3.4 seconds for the 4S.

As far as the all-wheel drive system goes, Porsche says, “The clutch and differential unit is water-cooled and has reinforced clutch discs for greater robustness and a higher load capacity.”

Stunning Good Looks

The 911 has used the classic sports car look to the fullest. Already available as both a coupe and convertible, the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa is the most attractive of them all. There’s something about the open mid portion of the roof paired with the silver hoop that separates the retractable fabric top and the fixed rear window that really combines a classic and modern vibe effectively. From the rear, it looks completely modern and somewhat menacing. Yet, the “Targa” script on the silver piece just behind the doors knocks the edge off and points back to the first Targas of the late 1960s.

Porsche says the conversion from closed roof to open takes less than 20 seconds.

Modern Tech

The dash features straight lines and simple shapes, making it almost look retro — but there’s plenty of modern tech, too. There’s a 10.9-in screen that houses the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) system — and included in that suite of technology is an online navigation system and Apple CarPlay.

In addition, Porsche’s InnoDrive includes adaptive cruise control. The system can look ahead 1.8 miles and adjust speed based on GPS data. With Smartlift, the driver can program front end height by GPS location, which is another example of how modern tech makes the 911 Targa useful in everyday driving.

In the end, the Targas tone down the garish look of some 911s, instead opting for a more classic vibe with all the advantages of 21st century Porsche technology. Find a Porsche 911 for sale

Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written... Read More about Brian Moody

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