The first Targa 4 came out in 2020 as part of the 992-generation Porsche. The 4 denoted that the model was available in an AWD system. But this car still retains some of the design features of the original Targa 911 unveiled in the 60s. For instance, it still has a silver roll bar. With prices starting at $127,650, the 2023 Porsche 911 Targa 4 can be considered an in-between the old and the modern with some neat features such as an electric hardtop that will stow away in only 19 seconds. Sure, the car isn’t a T-top, no doubt and it’s not what you’d consider a convertible either. The 2023 Porsche 911 Targa 4 however does offer something similar to what you’ll find in a Mercedes AMG SL-55 or the Chevy Corvette Z06 convertible. So, what makes the Targa 4 worth your money and doesn’t it match up to buyer expectations of a brand renowned for its stylish and top-performance cars? That is what we are going to cover. So, if you are ready, let's dive straight in.
Let’s take a look at some Targa 4 specs. The Porsche 911 Targa 4 is pretty much what you get in the 2022 model. However, in the 2023 model, you get a wireless Android Auto connection and Apple CarPlay. The 2023 Targa 4 comes in an all-black interior with partial leather and bits of carbon fiber. You could also get it in slate gray which is a no-cost option. As for the exterior colors, buyers have a choice of up to 17 different options. You get the same engine on all Targa levels which is a 3.0-liter twin-turbo boxer producing 379 horsepower. Only that in the Targa 4S and the Targa 4GTS it’s able to produce more horsepower. The 911 Targa 4 as part of the 911 line of Porches received an 85 out of 100 for both quality and reliability rating by JD Power. And just to prove the validity of these figures, there has only been a single recall of the 2023 and 2022 911 Targas. Both recalls were issued due to the possibility of substandard airbag deployment. The 2023 911 Porsche Targa 4 comes with a four-year warranty which is similar to 50,000 miles.
The first Targa came out in 2006 and was meant to be a follow-up of the Carrera 4-997. The car was slightly heavier than the Carrera 4 and featured a glass panel roof that could open pretty wide. Then from 2008 to 2013 the Targa 4 received a facelift. This time it had a removable glass roof as well as a rear windscreen. But it wasn’t until 2014 that the Targa 4 got a completely new revamp to meet the demands and standards of the day. The driver was now able to take out the roof while sitting in the car just like in the coupe-cabriolets. The car also received an all-wheel drive system which allows it to deal with all types of weather. It had a flat 6 engine that could generate 350 horsepower and remained in production till 2020. Then in 2020 the new generation Targa was releveled and appeared to look like an in-between a coupe and a convertible. The first models came out with a plastic rear windscreen and lacked a C-pillar. There were also new changes to the front side of the car with smaller yet effective air scoops. Regardless of which color the car came in, the B-pillar would remain a silver color. This model also featured the Porsche Active Suspension Management System.
The interior of the 2023 911 Targa 4 isn’t what you would expect to find in, say, a normal Italian sports car. Even with the style and class, there is also an air of simplicity. Sure, some people may not find the interior all that exciting, but there is no denying the solid and quality build. There is a dual-screen 7-inch driver information display next to a 10.9-inch infotainment system. One of the many pleasant things about driving the Targa 4 is that there is less wind noise than what you’ll get in a standard convertible. The car is also quite refined and quiet on the move. There are seats on the second row, but then let’s face it, the space looks like it’s not meant for humans. Plus, the huge curved window would only serve to let in a lot of light which let’s just say will make the guy sitting at the back feel like he is baking. On the upside, the huge rear windscreen serves for excellent rear visibility as well. You also get a 2-way manual passenger adjustable seat and a 4-way power passenger seat. The seats are also height adjustable and have multi-level heating. At least the seats are elongated for addended comfort during driving. You may not expect the 2023 911 Targa 4 to come with a myriad of interior features but you do get dual climate control, cruise control, and keyless entry. You will also get Apple podcasts, navigation, Apple Music, Bluetooth as well as an upgradable eight-speaker audio.
There are loads of interior sitting space and even drivers over 6 feet tall will feel comfortable sitting in the Targa 4. The seats however only come with 4-way electric adjustability though you can get the adaptive 18-way power front seats upgrade. You will not get much storage space in the cabin for your small items though the doors pockets and glove box are quite small. But you will get two cup holders and a center console compartment with a lid. Don’t expect two-door Porches to offer plenty of cargo space however and this is certainly true with the Targa 4. There is just 4.6 cubic feet of space in the frunk and you won’t get any space in the rear. The good thing is that you can fold the rear seats down and get more space.
The 3.0-liter flat 6 will produce 379 horses and 331-pound feet of torque and features an all-wheel drive system. The engine connects to an 8-speed dual-clutch PDK auto transmission. The car will move from 0-60 in 4 seconds and reach a top speed of 179 mph. The 2023 Porsche Targa 4 offers a more laid-back and simplistic yet quality driving experience which makes it a great choice as a daily driver. You also get the adaptive Porsche Active Suspension Management PASM which gives you a smooth ride even on uneven gravel roads. Owing to the extra weight from the roof and the AWD system, the Targa 4 is a tat heavier than others in the 911 line which makes the ride feel a bit less supple but comfy all the same. For a sports car reaching such speeds the fuel consumption on the 2023 Porsche Targa 4 is quite impressive. This Targa offers the best fuel figures compared to others in the 911 line. It does 18 mpg in the city, and 24 mpg on the highway giving an average fuel consumption of 20mpg. This is way better than the 911 GTS or the Corvettes. The 911 Targa 4 comes with a 17.6-gallon fuel capacity which translates to a range of about 334 miles on a full tank.
You may not find any safety reviews for the 2023 Porsche Targa 4 on IIHS or NHTSA simply because it’s a low-volume production model and will thus not be crash-tested in the States. However, there is no need to doubt the safety of the car as the Targa 4 specs will tell you everything you need to know on how safe the car is to drive. This generation of the 911 comes with up to six airbags, a backup camera, stability control as well and tire pressure monitoring. As for the airbags, you get standard front-head airbags and side-mounted airbags. You also get split folding rear seats as well as a collision safety system as standard. The Porsche 911 Targa 4 features standard four-wheel independent suspension and a rear-locking differential. You also get an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, led headlights that are automatic, collision warning, parking sensors, automatic braking, rain sensor wipers, cruise control, blind spot monitoring, as well as a traffic sign recognition system. The car has an overall length of 177.9 inches with 51.1 inches of height and 96.5 inches of wheelbase. The overall width of the car with a mirror is 79.7 inches. The engine features a double overhead cam with standard direct injection. If by some odd chance, you want to tow with your 911 Targa 4, then know that the vehicle has a maximum towing capacity of 883 pounds.
The 2023 Porsche 911 Targa 4 is built for the roads with a stunning aerodynamic exterior, a simplistic yet quality interior, and a comfortable and smooth driving experience. Sure, that roof and the AWD may make this model a bit heavier than others in the 911 line, but the base model 3.0L flat 6 still delivers enough power to the wheels to remind you that it is a Porsche nonetheless. If you want to get your hands on one of these, then Exotic Car Trader can help you find your car and finalize the buying process. Even better we can help ensure the car is delivered straight to your doorstep regardless of the State that you are in.
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