Fast turnover for 911
Core model renewal is complete for the Targa 4 range, writes PAUL GOVER in Italy
ALL companies like to talk about a record turnover, one that is usually reflected in sales and profits. But Porsche has done it differently. Its new record is reflected in the latest full family of 911 models.
The arrival of the newest 911 Targa means Porsche has completely renewed its core models with a Series II update that brings everything from direct fuel injection to a PDK double-clutch gearbox in less than six months.
That is about one-third of the time it usually takes to renew a 911.
It reflects strong global demand for the German sports car icon and the need to clear next year for the arrival of the important new luxury Panamera and a preview of the secondgeneration Cayenne SUV.
Porsche found some late-season sunshine on the shores of Lake Garda in northern Italy to roll out the glass-roof Targa, which picks up all the latest 911 update gear, including a more effective sliding fabric cover.
It is the only hatchback in the 911 range, and uses a Targa system that operates as a continuous glasshouse from the top of the windscreen to the engine cover. The roof panel drops and slides back inside the roof in a sweet piece of electric engineering.
The Targa comes as one of the most heavily loaded models in the 911 range. It is sold only with all-wheel drive and Porsche’s wide-body rear end. That means an Australian starting price of $258,600, though that’s likely to rise before the first of the Series II cars lands next year.
The Targa is expected to snare 10 per cent of 911 sales in Australia.
‘‘This is one of the most attractive 911s. It is the perfect combination,’’ 911 development chief August Achleitner says.
The basic Targa 4 comes with 254kW from its 3.6-litre engine. The 4S jumps to 283kW with its 3.8, though fuel use is as low as 10.6 litres/100km in combined testing, despite a top speed of 297km/h.
Sky’s the limit: the glass-roofed Targa hatchback is tipped to snare 10 per cent of 911 sales.