The latest generation of the elegant 911 Targa has arrived at Porsche Centre Bahrain, Behbehani Brothers w.l.l., with the legendary model boasting the classic Targa concept with highly advanced roof technology. The introduction of the modern classic in Bahrain marks the continued progression of the Porsche 911 family, as the new 911 Targa 4 and 4S models join the brand’s iconic product line-up.
The new 911 Targa sees the timeless design of the original model from 1965 and the contemporary sportiness of the seventh 911 generation fused together in perfect synergy. The return to the original concept, with its characteristic fixed Targa bar, breathes new life into the legend with its state-of-the-art roof technology.
Neil Harris, Sales Manager of Porsche Centre Bahrain, said: “The 911 is a sports car which has won more races than any other and, in this latest evolution, I believe it has never looked more spectacular. In the 911 Targa, we see the ultimate in driving dynamics come together with stunning design and the very latest in ground-breaking roof technology. The car’s arrival here in Bahrain signifies a new chapter in the legendary model’s evolution and I am incredibly proud and excited to welcome it.”
Just like the original model, the new 911 Targa features the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wrap-around rear window with no C-pillar. But unlike the classic models, the roof segment on the new models can be opened and closed at the push of a button in just 19 seconds, as the fully automatic roof system stows the convertible top behind the rear seats, providing a real spectacle.
The rear-weighted design of the Porsche Traction Management all-wheel drive fitted as standard is a typical Porsche feature and can be identified by the arches of the rear axle which have each been widened by an additional 22 mm, with rear tyres that are each 10 mm wider.
The drivetrain concept reflects the core traits of the new 911 Targa 4 models: sportiness, safety and comfort. The power from the flat-six engines is transmitted by a standard seven-speed manual transmission. An automatic seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (PDK) is available as an option.
As with its predecessors, the new Targa generation comes in two versions available exclusively with all-wheel drive. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp flat engine. When equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, this model accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 282 km/h.
The top model is the 911 Targa 4S, which delivers 400 hp from a displacement of 3.8 litres. This model reaches a top speed of 296 km/h and, when equipped with the PDK and Sport Chrono package, accelerates in just 4.4 seconds.
Equipped with direct fuel injection, both engines are sporty high revving units and excel with exemplary fuel economy. To increase efficiency, they feature electrical system recuperation, map-controlled thermal management of the engine coolant and an auto stop/start function.