Porsche unveils a limited-production blast from the past, the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition
Porsche has reached back into its hallowed past to bring historic design elements to a new, state-of-the-art 911. The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, with design features reminiscent of 1950s and early ’60s Porsches, is the first of four “collector’s pieces” in the German automaker’s Heritage Design line.
“No brand can translate these elements into the modern day as well as Porsche,” says Oliver Blume, chairman of the executive board of Porsche AG. “And in this way, we are fulfilling the wishes of our customers.”
The special limited edition from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur is available to order now. It will arrive in dealerships beginning this fall. Only 992 examples will be built, matching the internal model series code of this 911 generation. Porsche Design has also created a high-quality chronograph, also limited to 992 units, that is exclusive to purchasers of the new limited-edition model.
The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is available in five paint colors, including an exclusive shade of Cherry Metallic. The spear-shaped graphics on the front fenders, trailing behind the headlights, recall the early days of Porsche competition history. The car also carries gold logos and a Porsche Heritage badge on the luggage compartment grille—reminiscent of the badge formally awarded when a Porsche 356 reached 100,000 kilometers.
The hood, steering wheel, head restraints, wheel hubs, vehicle key, and key pouch all carry the 1963 Porsche crest. The car also wears 20/21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels and classic-look brake calipers finished in black.
The interior pays tribute to the past with exclusive two-tone leather—either Bordeaux Red with Atacama Beige, or Black with Atacama Beige—and corduroy on the seats and door trims, as used in the Porsche 356.
Since this first Heritage Design model is based on the new 992-generation 911 Targa, it features the latest chassis tech and appropriately modern driver-assistance and infotainment systems. It is powered by Porsche’s 443-hp, twin-turbo boxer six; customers have the option of pairing that powerplant either with Porsche’s dual-clutch PDK or with its seven-speed manual gearbox. The 911 Targa, when specced with the PDK and using Launch Control, accelerates from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in less than 3.6 seconds, wailing gloriously all the way to 304 km/h (189 mph).
The weight of all this accumulated Porsche heritage naturally commands a hefty premium over a non-Heritage-Design Targa. While a Targa 4S starts at $136,550, the Heritage Design Edition starts at $181,950. The watch, by the way, costs $14,000.