THE PORSCHE 911 TARGA 4 GTS
50 years since it first arrived on the scene, Porsche has introduced the design classic 911 Targa as a GTS model for the first time. Dating back to the renowned 904 Carrera GTS of 1963 – and underlining Porsche’s race-track traditions in the process – the GTS badge is a hallmark of excellence. When coupled with the Targa model – itself an established member of the 911 lineup since its debut in 1965 – the heritage is unrivalled and the distinction unsurpassed.
The concept of the Targa delivers maximum driving enjoyment and safety with all-wheel drive and a rollover protection bar, combined with the fresh air fun of a Targa top that can be fully stowed automatically. It’s exciting to say that the sports car represents Porsche’s latest developments in evolving racing technology from the track to the road.
Showcasing this process of technology transfer the 911 Targa 4 GTS launches 5 a three-pronged attack on the senses: performance, dynamics and outright style.
Driving the model to its lofty status is the 430 hp GTS engine delivering a top speed of over 300 km/h (186 mph), and a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 4.3 seconds (0–60 mph in 4.1 seconds). Meanwhile the Targa dynamism is clearly visible at even the slightest of glances from any viewing perspective, with this model the conclusion is never in doubt: GTS.
The front view is defined by the sport design of the frontend with an opening for the auxiliary middle radiator and its smoked bi-xenon headlights. From the side the GTS attributes are the silky gloss
black 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels with central locks, sport design door mirrors and GTS signatures on the doors. Inside, black Alcantara is applied to the steering wheel, seats and trim accents made of black brushed aluminium to accentuate the thrilling sportiness of the car. It’s fair to say that every opportunity to affirm the model’s remarkable characteristics has been taken.
With advanced technology and a vast array of standard equipment this is the sports car of the future led, as every Porsche is, by performance. With more power and enhanced driving dynamics, the engine, chassis and control systems have been optimised to lift the model to a new high without detracting from other key Targa characteristics, such as safety and comfort.
The power-boosted 3.8-litre flat engine is based on the Carrera S engine benefitting from an optimized air induction system. Six additional resonance flaps and intake camshafts with a larger valve stroke, together with specially machined intake channels, ensure that more fresh air reaches the combustion chambers. Since the 911 Targa 4 GTS only weighs five kilograms more than the S model, despite its many more features, the weight-to power ratio with the 430 hp engine was improved to 3.63 kg per hp.
Engine power is transferred to the drivetrain via a standard seven-speed manual transmission; an optional seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK transmission) is also available. Power distribution to the four wheels is handled by Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – an intelligent all-wheel drive control system. The typical Porsche distribution, which predominantly drives the rear wheels, also guarantees that this latest 911 version will offer maximum driving dynamics on a wide variety of road surfaces and in all weather conditions.
Faster sprints, gear shifts and driving The car’s dynamic GTS DNA is especially noticeable in the Sport Plus mode of the standard Sport Chrono package, which the driver activates by pressing a button on the centre console. This makes significant changes to an entire array of properties. The accelerator pedal is switched to a more direct response characteristic and on the standard manual transmission, a plus sign on the display of the shifting assistant asks the driver to shift to the next higher gear shortly before reaching maximum engine rpm.
In conjunction with the optional PDK transmission, Launch Control impressively assists in acceleration from a standstill. The system also activates the “Race Course” PDK shifting strategy with the shortest possible shift times and optimal shift points for maximum acceleration and performance. The damping characteristics of the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and dynamic engine mounts are switched to stiffer and sportier settings while the hard engine mounts significantly reduce lag in power impulses and minimize outward forces at the rear body, such as when driving through S curves. In layman’s terms this means higher levels of drive power to the rear wheels with greater traction and therefore, better acceleration when exiting a curve.The rear differential lock helps in this regard by improving agility and steering precision. This is achieved by the activation of specific brake interventions at the rear wheel on the inside of the curve. Add to this the all-wheel drive Porsche Traction Management (PTM) which is preconditioned for faster reactions, and the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system which intervenes at a higher threshold to enable greater agility and driving dynamics and the results are
Being behind the wheel of the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is a complete journey which extends to the tiniest touches that affirm the GTS label. Integrated at the centre of the instrument panel is the stopwatch of the Sport Chrono package. The four-way adjustable Sport Plus front seats – with their black GTS logos on the head restraints – provide additional lateral support and long-distance cruising comfort for the driver and passenger.
The dominant interior material is black Alcantara. This high-quality material, which For over 50 years Porsche has been perfecting the GTS and Targa models. In 2015 the latest evolution is a spectacular
achievement and marriage between two of the most celebrated labels in the automotive industry. With standard-setting performance, state of the art technology and driving dynamics beyond compare the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is the extension of a legendary and iconic car into the future. Inside and out the model oozes a powerful confidence through contrasts in colour and texture which evoke raw excitement that is not only matched but surpassed by its motoring capabilities. weighs only half as much as leather, is used for the centre panels of the sport seats and as trim for the steering wheel rim, gear shift and parking brake levers, door handles and the covers and extensions of the door storage compartments. Also designed in sporty black are the dials in the instrument cluster which sport the GTS logo, the anodized aluminium trim strips and the roof liner. The standard aluminium door sill plates feature the “Targa 4 GTS” model name in black.The optional GTS interior package is especially worthy of note; it includes full leather upholstery, in which all decorative stitching and embroidery – including the Porsche logo – is either carmine red or rhodium silver. In addition, the dial of the tachometer is carmine red or rhodium
silver. The borders of the safety belts are dyed in the same colour as well. The sport seats are upholstered in black leather and their centre panels are made of Alcantara as are the door trim panels and the lower instrument panel sections with trim strips made of carbon, symbolising the meticulous attention to detail which defines the car.
For over 50 years Porsche has been perfecting the GTS and Targa models. In 2015 the latest evolution is a spectacular achievement and marriage between two of the most celebrated labels in the automotive industry. With standard-setting performance, state of the art technology and driving dynamics beyond compare the Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS is the extension of a legendary and iconic car into the future. Inside and out the model oozes a powerful confidence through contrasts in colour and texture which evoke raw excitement that is not only matched but surpassed by its motoring capabilities.
Words and images: Porsche
First published in Omenka magazine volume 2 issue 2.
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