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2015 Porsche 911 Targa GTS - first pictures and specs

New GTS variant joins the 911 Targa range at the Detroit motor show

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A new four-wheel drive GTS variant of the Porsche 911 GTS has been revealed at the Detroit motor show.

What is it?

The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS has beenadded to the Porsche 911 Targa range to celebrate 50 years of the open-top sports car.

GTS versions of the standard coupe and cabriolet 911s are already offered, and are designed to bridge the gap between the standard Carrera models and the more potent Turbo and GT3 versions.

What engines can I choose from?

There is only one engine offered in the 911 Targa 4 GTS. It is a naturally-aspirated 3.8-litre six-cylinder direct injection petrol engine, which produces 430bhp and 324lb ft of torque.

Gearbox options include a seven-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The model is four-wheel drive as standard.

Despite the extra performance over the 911 Targa 4S on which the new car is based, the economy remains the same at 30.7mpg.

How much equipment does it come with?

On the standard spec list are black centre locking 20-inch alloy wheels from the 911 Turbo S, new front sports seats with more substantial lateral support, a standard Sport Chrono package, and Alcantara trim.

How much will it cost?

The model has been priced from Β£104,385. It goes on sale in March.

Can I get a discount?

No. There are no discounts to be had on Porsche 911 Targas according to Target Price, and we’d expect the same with the new GTS range-topper.

How good are its rivals?

The 911 Targa 4 GTS will compete with some very respectable rivals. The Audi R8 Spyder costs similar money, has similar performance, and is a four-star car. Also consider the Jaguar F-type V8 roadster, which is also a four-star car, and the three-star Maserati Grancabrio.

Anything else I should know?

As with the 911 Targa 4S, the new 911 Targa 4 GTS receives widened rear bodywork to allow the car to use 20in alloy wheels. Porsche claims the new 911 Targa 4 GTS, which weighs 1560kg, can sprint from 0-62mph in 4.3sec and reach 188mph when equipped with a manual gearbox, making it the fastest of the 911 Targa models.

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