When nothing happens to spice up the mood, drive a 911, says an old auto enthusiast. Don’t step back by its gushing power; it is well supported by driving dynamics and agile control. Now, all that excitement available in India as a stock 911 got enhanced after the launch of 911 Targa 4 in the country priced at Rs 1.56 crore. Hence, this is just a one treat, Porsche do offer more variant called as Targa 4S costing Rs 1.75 crore (all prices are ex-showroom Maharashtra).
As it can be seen the Targa is referred for the semi-convertible cars from Porsche, the B-pillar on this 911 is stiffened whereas the C-pillar is chopped off from the package. For a better appeal, the widows given here are of wraparound style which makes up for the better aerodynamics.
Underneath the hood, Porsche 911 Targa 4 grosses 345bhp and 390Nm from the 3.4-litre 6-cylinder petrol engine. The more powerful version of 4S dwells a 3.8-litre engine which shoots up the power to 395bhp and 440Nm of torque. When added with the Chrono package both the cars can reach 0-100 in less than five seconds. The 911 Targa 4 is able to achieve the top-speed of 282km/h, whereas the Targa 4S sweeps the speedometer upto 296km/h. Porsche says, the latter (Targa 4S) can be further served with Carrera S Powerkit for a bump of 30bhp.
Both the cars offer all-wheel drive, and are mated to a dual-clutch (PDK) 7-speed gearbox. Roof takes 19 seconds to open or close. Additionally, it also holds important features like auto start- stop, map-controlled thermal management of engine coolant and system recuperation.
So, those looking out for serious fun on the racetrack and also a viable option for the drive to coffee shops and hangouts, this is a perfect buy for them. Personally, as an auto enthusiast, we believe in driving the hard-top version because of the confidence it serves, and the roofless lacks some of it due to the amendment in the chassis.