Anyone with a passion for early Porsches will likely be experiencing heart palpitations after seeing the new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition. This modern-day classic pays direct homage to the Stuttgart brand’s most race-winning model, and somehow its latest Targa looks even more retro when dressed up in yesteryear’s togs than the 911 Carrera Coupe.
Porsche introduced the all-new 992-generation 911 Targa 4S last month and we covered it in detail, but despite doing so we couldn’t help but delve into the new Heritage Design Edition for obvious reasons, it’s downright stunning. From its deep, rich Cherry Metallic paintwork (it comes in four other exterior colours too), spear-shaped and circular number decal-style motorsport livery, and historically accurate 1963 Porsche Crest badges, rear deck lid-mounted Porsche Heritage badge, and gold-tone nameplates, to its two-tone Bordeaux Red or Black leather and Atacama Beige OLEA club leather and corduroy (yes, corduroy!) lined interior, this is one eye-popping modern-day classic. Porsche has even backlit the tachometer and dash top “stopwatch” in green, typical of the era, while the microfibre roof liner overhead gets perforations like those from the past.
The just-noted classic Porsche crests can be found on the key fob, the hood, the steering wheel, and the wheel hub covers, the latter of which are styled similarly to the groundbreaking “five-leaf” Fuchsfelge alloys introduced on the 911S towards the end of 1966, one of the first alloy wheel designs ever included with a production road car, but of course these staggered Carrera Exclusive Design alloys are much larger at 20 inches at the front and 21 inches in the rear. They frame a set of understated black-painted brake calipers too, which is more period-correct than the brighter red and yellow calipers used in many of today’s 911s.
This is the “first of four collector’s models from the Heritage Design strategy,” says Porsche in a press release, and like the rolling work of art it is there’s a reasonable premium expected at the time of purchase. After all, there’s a price to pay for exclusivity, and just 992 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition examples will be produced, this commemorated by a gorgeous gold metal “911 Heritage Design Edition XXX/992” plaque on the dash shelf ahead of the front passenger.
While the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition immediately pays tribute to late ‘60s and early ‘70s 911 Targas due to its stainless silver roll hoop and general body style, Porsche clearly points out that four decades of classic 911s were used for inspiration.
“We are evoking memories of the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s in customers and fans with the Heritage Design models,” said Oliver Blume, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche AG. “No brand can translate these elements into the modern day as well as Porsche. In this way, we are fulfilling the wishes of our customers. With the exclusive special editions, we are also establishing a new product line which stands for the ‘lifestyle’ dimension in our product strategy.”
As mentioned earlier, the first of the four Heritage Design models is based on the new 2021 911 Targa 4S, and therefore while paying tribute to 50-plus year old 911s is every bit the modern sports car the new 992-generation is being praised for, including its new chassis technologies, advanced driver assistive systems, and state-of-the-art infotainment. Under the deployable active rear wing is a 443 horsepower twin-turbo flat six that’s mated up to a paddle-shift actuated eight-speed PDK dual-clutch automated transmission, capable of propelling the sleek retractable hardtop from zero to 100 km/h in under 3.6 seconds (with Launch Control) and on to a top speed of 304 km/h. Performance like this could hardly have been imagined when the original 911 Targa hit the auto show circuit in 1965, let alone reliable performance that can just as easily get you to the office and back home just as easily each and every day as it can run circles around competitors on the track.
Being that sports cars and horology have always shared the same space, especially within instrument clusters and even more so as part of Porsche’s modern tradition, atop the dash with its standard analogue clock and upgraded Sport Chrono Package version, Porsche Design, renowned and respected for decades of collectable wristwatch manufacture, has come up with a stunning “high-quality timepiece exclusively for owners of the limited edition: the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design edition chronograph,” said Porsche in the same press release. Again only 992 examples will be produced, complete with a face featuring a white seconds hand and “Phosphorus Green” rings around its perimeter inspired by the primary instruments in both the 356 and original 911 Targa. Likewise the Arabic hour indices use typical Porsche block lettering (or numbering), while the strap is made from the same leather as used in Porsche interiors.
The exclusive 2021 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition starts at $205,900, and is available to order now before arriving in Canada this fall. To learn more contact Porsche Centre Vancouver at (604) 736-7911.
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: June 9, 2020