The 2022 Porsche Targa 4 GTS adds more grunt, packs less weight, has sharper handling, and packages it up in the sexiest bodystyle that Porsche sells. The Targa 4 GTS gives us the best of all worlds, providing all-wheel-drive traction, an open-top experience, and a fixed-roof feeling in the same car. Its automatic transmission and adaptive suspension completed the image of a daily-driver sports car. This may be the perfect car.
The 911 GTS has always been a solid middle ground in terms of performance. Prior to the current generation 911 you could choose the powerkit to get more power in a 911 S, not anymore. So while the Targa 4 GTS engine looks like the regular Carrera S, it is unique to GTS models only. It is the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six, but it gets an approximately 14.5 percent increase in turbo boost pressure (the peak is now 18.3 psi), giving it a boost of 30 hp and 30 ft lbs compared to the 992 Carrera S. The only actual engine-hardware upgrade, Porsche says, is a strengthened dual-mass flywheel to cope with the additional torque. Power is therefore 473 bhp @ 6500 rpm and torque is 420 ft lbs @ 2300 rpm.
This bump in performance helps the Targa 4 GTS also to do 0-60 mph in under 3.3 seconds, thanks to a slick 8-Speed Porsche Dual Clutch Transmission and launch control. Top speed is a healthy 190 mph. An optional 7-Speed manual helps bump up the driving appeal and comes with a shortened gear lever for a more sporty driving experience, but it does lower the performance numbers. We know numbers aren’t everything though, which is why would always opt for the manual.
Like the rest of the GTS range, the Targa 4 GTS gets the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo as well as an awesome sounding sport exhaust system. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) is standard and helps adapt actively to changing terrains and movements for a more dynamic driving experience. It comes standard with a Sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 mm (0.3 inches). The rear springs have been tuned for a widespread appeal which translates to a consistent driving experience in all driving conditions. For an even wilder driving finesse, Porsche offers a Lightweight package that saves up to 55 pounds. Other performance features include rear-axle steering and added aerodynamic underbody paneling.
Design-wise, we can see the usual Porsche 911 GTS treatment. Like the 911 Carrera GTS the exterior has experienced some subtle changes, to make it slightly more distinctive and aggressive than the less-powerful 911 Targa versions. The front fascia, in particular, has a slightly sportier look, with more distinctive individual vents. On the side, the Targa GTS looks identical to the others, except for the new sportier wheels with a center lock. At the back, we see a familiar sight from the lesser 911 models. The only notable differences are the clear taillights and the number plate location, which now belongs on the rear bumper, instead of the diffuser.
The Targa 4 GTS comes standard with the SportDesign package that adds unique trimming for the front, rear, and side sills. Even the headlamp housing is blacked-out and comes with standard LED lights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus). All of these blacked-out bits look way cooler with a contrasting shade like the one shown in the media pictures. The fully automated folding roof opens or closes in just 19 seconds and it is one awesome ballet of mechanical awesomeness to watch.
The interior is the same as all other 992-generation cars but it adds more ‘black’ and the whole cabin is trimmed in Race-Tex. The only notable difference is in the red tachometer and Sport Chrono package. You also get some red stitching and GTS accents on the headrests and door sills. The cockpit looks sporty but still luxurious at the same time.
Updates and Pricing for 2022
The Targa 4 GTS is new for the 2022 model year. Prices for the 2022 Porsche 911 Targa 4 start at $158,150 (including mandatory destination charges of $1,350). Options can easily drive this car up to the $180,000 mark and getting your hands on one at list-price is nearly impossible as it is considered a unicorn car.
More distinctive and dynamic than ever: the new 2022 Porsche 911 GTS models
Five model variants are being added to the successful 911 range
Atlanta. Twelve years ago, the very first GTS version of the 911 was introduced – featuring a series of very targeted modifications that, when brought together combined to make a difference – as a more focused, more dynamic and faster 911 that retained the subtly and usability of the car on which it was based. Following a familiar theme, a new generation of the popular sports car model is being launched. More powerful and visually distinctive, and with better driving dynamics than ever, the six-cylinder boxer engine at the heart of the 911 GTS delivers 473 hp, which is 30 hp more than the current 911 Carrera S and 23 hp over the previous 911 GTS. Torque rises to 420 lb-ft.
The result of this extra potency is a zero to 60 mph sprint of just 3.1 seconds in the case of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS coupe equipped with the eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK): three tenths faster than its predecessor. A seven-speed manual transmission with a gear lever shortened by 10 millimeters is available for all 911 GTS models as an alternative to the PDK.
The 911 GTS is available in five variants:
911 Carrera GTS with rear-wheel drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet
911 Carrera 4 GTS with all-wheel drive, as Coupe and Cabriolet
911 Targa 4 GTS with all-wheel drive
Joining the increase in power is GTS-specific suspension tuning with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), and the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo. Driving dynamics can improve even more through the optional Lightweight package, which will be available on the 911 Carrera GTS coupe models for the first time, saving up to 55 lbs. in weight. Setting the 911 GTS apart is black contrasting bodywork elements and darkened headlight housings. Inside, the interior features many of the touchpoints finished in grippy Race-Tex cloth material. The latest generation of Porsche Communication Management (PCM) brings numerous improvements in operation and connectivity. Technology: bespoke suspension and unique Sport Exhaust system Derived from the 911 Turbo and modified for the GTS coupe and Cabriolet models, the suspension meets exacting performance demands – with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport suspension that lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters featuring as standard equipment. The suspension includes helper springs at the rear to help maintain tension on the main springs in all driving conditions, meaning rebound characteristics are consistent. As in the previous generation, the 911 Targa GTS is an exception, sharing its chassis with the 911 Targa 4S.
The engineers in Weissach have also adjusted stopping performance to match the increased performance of the GTS, which makes use of the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo. The 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) black, center-lock alloy wheels have a design derived from the 911 Turbo S. The standard Sport exhaust system is responsible for an even more emotive soundtrack, thanks to its GTS-specific set-up and a reduction in sound deadening material.
Exterior: numerous black accents in satin or high gloss
A multitude of black or darkened exterior details are characteristic of the 911 GTS models. On the 911 Targa 4 GTS, this also includes the model-defining Targa bar and Targa lettering. Additional elements painted in Satin Black include the spoiler lip, the center-lock alloy wheels, the engine cover grille, and the GTS script on the doors and rear of the car. The exterior package, in which these and other details are executed in high-gloss black is optionally available. All 911 GTS models effectively have the SportDesign package, with distinctive trim for the front, rear and the side sills. The headlight trims and daytime running light surrounds are darkened, and the car is fitted with standard LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus). The rear lights are also darkened. Satin Black accents characterize the model designation, PORSCHE lettering and charge-air grille slats above the engine.
Lightweight package: less weight
Driving dynamics are further improved with the Lightweight package, which will be available for the first time on a GTS. Up to 55 lbs. can be saved by the lighter carbon fiber full bucket seats, lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, and the use of a lightweight battery. The rear seats are also removed. Other performance enhancements include rear-axle steering as part of this equipment package and additional aerodynamic underbody paneling.
Interior: black Race-Tex and standard Sport Seats Plus
The sporty details of the GTS models continue inside functionally as well as visually. The gear lever of the optional seven-speed manual transmission has been shortened by 10 mm, which enables fast gear shifts with a flick of the wrist. A GT Sport steering wheel as well as the Sport Chrono package with mode switch, Porsche Track Precision app and a tire temperature display are standard features. The standard Sport Seats Plus with electric four-way adjustment provide lateral support, comfort and convenience. The interior insulation has been reduced.
Numerous Race-Tex features underscore the elegant dynamic ambience. The seat centers, the steering wheel rim, door handles and armrests, storage compartment lid and gear lever are all trimmed in Race-Tex. With the optional GTS interior package, the stitching is available in Carmine Red or Chalk. The seatbelts and embroidered GTS lettering on the headrests, tachometer and Sport Chrono clock come in the same contrasting colors. Carbon fiber interior trim panels complete the package.
New display and operating concept: now also with Android Auto
The new generation of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features additional functions and significantly simplified operation. The touch icons in the Media menu have been enlarged and the option of rearranging the tiles on the home screen is new. The improved voice assistant recognizes natural speech and can be activated with “Hey Porsche.” iOS and Android users will enjoy standard Wireless Apple CarPlay® and now wired Android Auto™.
First deliveries for the US are expected in early 2022 with a starting MSRP of $136,700 excluding $1,350 for delivery, processing, and handling.