Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS: the driver's convertible

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Conventional wisdom dictates that if you want the ultimate driving machine, you pick a fixed-roof coupe over the convertible alternative. Replacing a regular roof for one that can be folded away requires additional strengthening, which adds weight and blunts the driving experience.

Porsche is aiming to prove that convertibles can indeed be the number one choice for keen drivers, with its new 911 Targa 4 GTS.

Unveiled this week at the Detroit motor show alongside the brand's new Cayenne Turbo S 4x4, the Targa is the latest model in the 911 line-up to receive the go faster GTS treatment.

At the heart of the upgrades is a power hike for the standard Targa's 3.8-litre six-cylinder petrol motor, which sees a jump from 394bhp to 424bhp. Available solely in four-wheel-drive configuration, the GTS will race from 0-62mph in 4.7 seconds (4.3 seconds with the optional PDK automatic gearbox) – improvements of around half a second compared to the base Targa 4.

The GTS gets choice go-faster upgrades from the 911 options list, including active engine mounts, a limited slip differential with torque-vectoring control, adjustable suspension and a sports exhaust.

The Targa 4 GTS keeps the clever folding roof of the regular model, though it gets a smattering of stylistic enhancements to go with its enhanced performance. Amongst the changes are 20-inch gloss black alloy wheels with centre-locking wheel nuts, smoked rear lights, black exhaust tips and dynamic front lights, which illuminate in the direction the driver is steering.

Inside, the functional cabin is lifted with black Alcantara trim with brushed aluminium accents, while Porsche's top-spec sat nav system is included as standard.

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS goes on sale in the UK in March, priced from £104,385.

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS

Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS