If you had the money for a brand new Porsche 911, would you consider the 2021 Targa or Targa S? Sure, the new Turbo and Turbo S models offer up hypercar-levels of performance but the Targa is still one heck of a machine.
Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-six engine, the car is rated at 444 hp and 391 lb-ft (530 Nm) of torque, allowing the Targa 4S to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in as little as 3.6 seconds as well as a top speed of 189 mph (304 km/h). If those figures are a little too much, Porsche also sells the car in 911 Targa 4 form with 380 hp and 331 lb-ft (450 Nm).
As Henry Catchpole notes in his review of the sports car, it is very quick and a big reason for that comes down to the potent all-wheel drive system. The new 911 Targa 4S isn’t without its faults, however.
For example, an equivalent Targa 4S weighs approximately 242 lbs (110 kg) more than a Carrera 4S and you can feel this extra weight through the corners. With that being said, he does state it has all the performance that you could want.
Another issue relates to the steering. While current Porsche models offer perhaps the finest electric steering on the market, Catchpole says he prefers the steering of rear-wheel drive 911 models compared with all-wheel drive models. The new Targa 4S also suffers from quite a lot of wind buffeting when the roof is folded away.