Porsche 911 “Targa” word came from the Targa Florio race in Italy. Recently, Porsche took to Twitter explaining why it uses the Targa name on some of its models. Porsche borrowed the name from Targa Florio, a race in Southern Italy where Porsche once competed.
The brand raced in the Targa Florio in the early 1950s, earning some victories there. When Porsche’s dictionary has the word Targa as, the face of uncertain safety standards, also considered calling it the 911 Flori. But, the brand’s Head of Domestic Sales, Harald Wagner, suggested Porsche name it the Targa. The word Targa is Italian, meaning license plate. Porsche didn’t know about this translation until the copywriters worked on the sales brochure. Porsche applied for a Targa trademark in 1965, and the word joined the Porsche 911 lineup in 1966.
Quickly innovating the 911 Targa model, the brand offered a fixed, heated rear safety glass window in 1967. This replaced the fold-down plastic one and became a standard feature for the car. The Targa would continue the 911’s second and third-gen before undergoing a massive revamp for the fourth-gen 911.
Engine & Performance
Porsche introduced the eight-gen 911 Targa in May 2020, offering the model in 4 and 4S trims with an integrated roll bar. The entry-level variant produced 379 hp, while the sportier 4S delivered 443 hp. Both the variants, use the same twin-turbo 3.0L flat-six engine and sport the iconic Targa name. The Targa 4S leaps to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds with a top speed of 188 mph.
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