There are many Porsche 911 variants to suit different customer tastes and demands from the entry-level model through to the flagship 911 Turbo S. Sitting in the top half of the 911 range in the U.S. is the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition.
Unveiled roughly 12 months ago, the car is based on the regular 911 Targa 4S but adds some unique features that make it stand out. These include a Cherry Metallic exterior that is contrasted with gold badges and can be joined by optional white stickers. It is a very striking car to look at and Matt Farah recently had the opportunity to test it out.
The veteran reviewer sampled the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition soon after driving the new 911 GT3. Obviously, the Targa isn’t as fast nor is it as focused as the GT3 but on the bumpy canyon roads where it was tested, it still provides exceptional levels of performance.
Farah is particularly impressed with how well the car rides over poor roads, thanks largely to the bushings that it uses. He adds that if he could choose just a single 911 variant to drive every day and take on long road trips, this could be it.
Just like other Targa 4S variants, the Heritage is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six with 443 hp and 390 lb-ft (528 Nm) of torque.
One thing that negatively impacts the appeal of the car is its price. The car tested by Farah had an MSRP of over $190,000, making it more expensive than a 911 GT3 and more than a 991.2-generation 911 Turbo. Nevertheless, does it hit the sweet spot in the whole 911 range?