2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible

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$139,900

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2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


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Rahul Hans Automotive Journalist Updated on: November 14, 2019


The Porsche 911 Targa GTS bridges the gap between the basic Targa models and the GT3 and GT3 RS models. Available as either a rear-wheel drive or a all-wheel drive convertible, the GTS is the closest you can get to the 911R with the manual 6-speed and the clean understated look. The 3.0L flat-6 engine makes 450 horsepower similar to the Targa S.

In the high-performance sports convertible segment, the 911 faces the competition head-on against rivals like the F-Type SVR, the LC 500, the Corvette ZR1 as well as the Nissan GTR. LEt’s see how the Porsche 911 Targa GTS fares against the competitors.

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Pros

Laser-precise handling

Immense grip through corners

Excellent body control

Best-in-class efficiency

Cons

Harsh ride even in comfort mode

Lacks cargo storage

What's New?

No new mechanical upgrades


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$139900

bodystyle

2dr Convertible

passenger capacity

4

top speed

192 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

182 cu.in.

horsepower

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

405 lbs.-ft @ 2150 rpm

transmission

7-speed manual

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar and w/active anti-roll bar(optional)

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar and optional

brake rotors (f/r)

60.6/60.8

dimensions

wheelbase

96.5 in.

length

178.3 in.

width

72.9 in.

height

50.8 in.

curb weight

3495 lbs.

capacity

cargo volume

4.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

969 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

3.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/21/26 mpg

highway range

457.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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GT Silver Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

9.5

Interior

7.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Base

Base

power
450 hp @ 6500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
21 combined

$139,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 7M) Starting at $139,900 MSRP (18/21/26) 450 hp @ 6500 rpm, 3 L, H-6, premium unleaded (required)
7-speed manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

8.3

Overall Rating


The 911 Targa GTS hardtop comes with a 7-speed manual or a 7-speed PDK and rear-wheel drive. The Targa 4 GTS priced at $120,700 is the all-wheel-drive version of the convertible. Apart from that, you can also have the 911 as a convertible and a soft-top variant.

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible front view
2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible front view
2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible rear view
2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible rear view

 

9.5/10
Engine and Performance

 
 

7.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Features

The Targa GTS is available as either a rear-wheel drive or an all-wheel drive version. Apart from that, there is no other difference in the GTS which comes with massive 20-inch centre-lock wheels, six-piston brakes and Apple CarPlay.

Model

911 Targa GTS

MSRP

$120,700

Key Features

Center-lock 20-inch 911 Turbo S wheels painted in satin black

 

Six-piston monobloc aluminium fixed brake calipers at front, four-piston units at rear, discs internally vented and cross-drilled, calipers in red

 

PASM Sport Suspension

 

Porsche Stability Management (PSM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV)

 

Porsche Communication Management (PCM) including online navigation

 

Connect Plus including online navigation, Apple CarPlay, telephone module and wireless Internet access

We Recommend

The all-wheel drive variant is the go to Porsche if you are hoping to get the best out of your Porsche. However, if you're an enthusiast who wants a manual transmission along with rear wheel drive, the Porsche got you covered.

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Engine and Performance

9.5/10

The GTS variants have the Targa S engine with the Powerkit upgrade (450 hp and 405 lb-ft of torque). The GTS also has a wider rear track, 20-inch center lock wheels from the Turbo S, a PASM sport suspension - Edmunds

Engine and Transmission

With a 3.0L flat-6 engine placed at the back, deep inside the convertible, the 911 Targa is sports convertible with amazing handling and smooth power delivery. The engine revs like a beast and the rising rpm deliver more and more power to the tarmac. The 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is absolutely flawless, with precise and lightning-fast upshifts and downshifts that send crackles through the sports exhaust.

Models

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

MSRP

$120,700

$122,750

$118,900

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

LT5 supercharged V8

Transmission

7-speed manual

8 Speed automatic

7-speed M/T

Horsepower

450 hp @ 6500 rpm

575 hp@ 6500rpm

755 hp @ 6300 rpm

Torque

405 ft-lbs @ 2150 rpm

516 ft-lbs@ 3500rpm

715 ft-lbs @ 4400 rpm

Comparing the convertibles purely on the basis of numbers, the Corvette ZR1 is the one with the maximum output of 755hp and 715 lb-ft torque. The F-Type SVR produces a massive 575 hp ahead of the Porsche and the Mercedes-AMG GT-C.

Acceleration

The flat-6 engine churning out 450 hp propels the convertible to 60 miles an hour in less than 4 seconds. Along with the lightning-fast acceleration comes massive G-forces that push you back into your seat, but the suspension handles the weight transfer to the rear like magic. The quarter-mile sprint is over in a breeze with 12.3 seconds on the clock.

Models

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

0-60 MPH

3.9 sec

3.4 sec

3.1

Quarter mile

12.3 sec

11.7 sec

10.94

Engine

Turbocharged 3.0L H-6

5.0L V8 Intercooled Supercharger Premium Unleaded

LT5 supercharged V8

Emission

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

The Corvette ZR1 is a full-fledged drag strip weapon and has the fastest standing quarter-mile time in among the competition, taking 10.9 seconds. Although the supercar slayer - Nissan GTR - is the fastest one to 60 making it in less than 3 seconds, the quarter-mile time is a few milliseconds behind the Corvette.

Ride and Handling

Porsche 911 has long been revered as the benchmark of precise handling with the best driving dynamics and chassis control through corners even at the edge of the traction. The low center of gravity along with the stiffened suspension keep you planted to the track and the laser-precise steering with remarkable feedback makes it fun to drive not only on track days but also in the city.

As a daily driver, you might want to take a detour on the rough roads as the sports suspension would rattle your insides like a blender. However, on highways, the convertible is a bliss to drive around and you'd feel in control of the vehicle as you speed past the traffic, within the speed limits of course.

Braking

The convertible comes with 13.7-inch discs up front and 12.9 inches at the back. the pedal modulation is flawless and the lightweight convertible is easy to stop from high speeds easily. You can choose the optional carbon-ceramic brakes for your GTS if you feel like taking your Porsche to the track.

Model

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Brake Front (in.)

13.7

15

15.5

Brake Rear (in.)

12.9

14.8

15.3

Curb Weight (lbs.)

3197

3459

3584

60-0 MPH (ft.)

N/A

N/A

88

The Lexus comes with massive 15.7-inch brakes up front, larger than entire wheel hubs you'd find on tiny hatchbacks, but rightly so considering the LC 500 weight about a 1000 lbs more than the 911. Even the 755 hp Corvette ZR1 comes with huge 15.5-inch brakes.

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Fuel Economy

The 911 Targa GTS probably isn't the best car to use as a daily driver, but among the competition, the Porsche gives you the best fuel efficiency as a sports convertible. In the city, it manages up to 18 miles to the gallon and on highways those numbers can reach 26, making the combined mpg 21.

Model

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

MPG (city)

18

16

13

MPG (highway)

26

24

19

MPG (combined)

21

18

15

Range (miles) (city/highway)

N/A

296/444

15.4

Tank Capacity (gal)

16.9

18.5

NA

The Corvette sacrificed any shred of fuel economy to bump up the power figures and thus you get merely 13 mpg in the city and a combined 15 mpg.

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Interior

7.0/10

Loads of headroom and good forward visibility. The materials quality and driving position are excellent. While the back seat is small, the 911 is one of just a few cars in the class to offer one. - Car connection

Seating and Comfort

The driver-oriented cockpit makes the ride even more engaging for the driver, with a sport steering wheel with column-mounted shift paddles and controls for the audio and cruise control. The seats, as expected of a sports convertible have excellent bolstering and support to keep you in place through the corners. With enough headroom for the tallest occupants, the low roofline doesn't hinder practicality.

Model

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Passenger capacity

2

2

2

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

37.0/56.5/43.0

37.9/55.2/43

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

-

-

-

The 4-seater convertibles not only have better space for the occupants but also get more interior storage, however, the rear seats aren't as useful as you'd hope to have with most of them not being able to accommodate tall adults. The Lexus LC 500 convertible and the Nissan GTR have some of the best passenger capacity in the segment.

Infotainment

The sport steering connected to a tilt/telescopic column, automatic climate control, 6-speaker audio with CD, SiriusXM and HD Radio, Porsche Communications Management system and front/rear Park Assist. You get Apple CarPlay as standard however, the system lacks Android Auto support. Optionally you can replace the speaker system with a Bose or Burmester surround sound system.

Infotainment features

  • 6-inch touchscreen unit
  • SiriusXM HD radio
  • Satellite navigation
  • PASM assist
  • Apple CarPlay 
  • Optional BOSE/Burmester surround sound system

Cargo volume

Complementing the front cargo bay is more storage options at the back. The mid-engined sports convertible keeps plenty of space open for storing cargo. The front storage is pretty decent but the rake angle of the rear eats up the cargo bay quite a bit.

Model

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Cargo Volume (ft.3)

9.7

7.3

15

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Exterior

Death, taxes, and the Porsche 911. Few things in the world are as constant as all three. The Porsche 911's basic shape hasn't changed much in the decades it's been on saleit's not changing much next year. - Car connection

Design and Dimensions

The 911s signature design character is very dear to Porsche and hasn't changed much over the years. In fact, it has aged like fine wine and grown more aerodynamic. It's wider and sits lower than the base model Targa 20mm lower to be precise. The integrated spoiler at the rear pops up high speed to give you optimum downforce and also works as an air brake when stopping.

The huge 20-inch wheels are not just for aesthetics, they also assist the handling of the convertible. At the back, you'd find huge air intakes which, apart from supplying air to the engine, also aid in engine cooling. The front grille is now more aggressive than ever and gives a menacing look to the GTS.

Model

Porsche 911 Targa GTS convertible

Jaguar F Type SVR convertible

Corvette ZR1 1ZR convertible

Curb weight (lbs.)

3197

3759

3584

Length(in)

178.3

176.2

179.8

Width(in)

72.9

74.2

77.4

Height(in)

50.6

51.6

48.5

Ground clearance (in)

N/A

4.2

N/A

Wheelbase (in)

96.5

103.2

106.7

Track width (in) F/R

60.7/60.8

62.4/63.4

64.4/63.6

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Safety

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • ParkAssist Front And Rear Parking Sensors
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags w/Passenger Off...
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

IIHS and NHTSA not rated

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Competition

Porsche 911 Targa GTS vs Jaguar F-Type SVR

The F-Type has a roaring V8 to answer the battle cry from the Porsche's flat-6 engine, and the Jaguar roars louder and stronger. However, on the track, the 911 Targa GTS outsmarts the F-Type SVR with superior handling, agility and laser precise steering. On the interior, both of these convertibles are driver focussed and lack practicality equally.

Porsche 911 Targa GTS vs Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

The Corvette ZR1 is a purpose-built weapon for the drag strip compared to the 911 Targa GTS which was meant to handle sharp corners at high speed. The interiors are more plush and performance focussed in the Porsche compared to the Corvette. From the outside, the Corvette looks much more aggressive than the Porsche, but in terms of handling, the Porsche is in a league of its own.

2019 Porsche 911 Targa GTS Convertible Final Verdict

The Porsche 911 Targa GTS is the best bang for your buck 911 in the lineup, available in either rear wheel drive or all wheel drive as well as 6-speed manual or 7-speed PDK configurations. The widebody Porsche gets you amazing grip and handling while the GTS badge gets you the street cred to stand atop the basic Targas.