Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet and 911 Targa 4

 

Walking up to these two swanky convertibles is very much like approaching two beautiful athletes clad in bikinis – it is an exhilarating and nerve-racking experience. Your heart will be racing as you make eye contact, while your palms are sweaty and your throat feels like cotton. Even saying “Hello” at this point could backfire, badly.

The C4S Cabrio in this story is the sleeker of the two 911s. With its soft-top deployed, the shape is similar to that of the fixed-roof 911 coupe. But when its roof is open, the car looks more “daring” than its Targa sibling, for its cabin is more exposed. Now, while the Targa isn’t as open to the elements, it exudes greater design elegance, because it retains a B-pillar “hoop” and features a large, wraparound rear windscreen. Only the cockpit is laid bare when the soft-top is retracted – the rear seats always remain covered.

The biggest difference between the C4S Cabrio and Targa 4 is how they drop/deploy their powered roofs. The Cabrio does it more quickly, taking 13 seconds compared to the Targa’s 20 seconds. And the Cabrio can perform its roof operation while being driven at up to 50km/h, whereas the Targa can only do it while stationary.

With its 3.8-litre flat-6 motor producing 400bhp and 440Nm, the C4S can turn its calm cabin into one filled with 100km/h winds in 4.5 seconds. And because the cabin is totally exposed when the roof is retracted, the raspy and sonorous soundtrack of that flat-6 can be enjoyed in all its raspy glory.

Although the Targa 4 “only” has a 3.4-litre flat-6 that produces 350bhp and 390Nm, it’s no slouch. You can go from having a perfectly coiffed hairdo to one that’s tousled (and possibly ruined) by 100km/h draughts in 5 seconds flat. The Targa’s semi-open format, however, means that the engine and exhaust notes won’t titillate your eardrums like the C4S Cabrio does.

Read the full story at Torque.

Porsche 911 Carrera 4s Cabriolet Targa 4 1

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