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The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS has been revealed at the 2015 Detroit auto show as a means of marking the 50th anniversary of the German maker’s open-roof sports car.

The new four-wheel-drive GTS version of the Porsche 911 Targa is powered by the same 3.8-litre six-cylinder horizontally opposed engine as is fitted to the plethora of 911 GTS models recently revealed by the German brand.

That means power outputs of 316kW at 7500rpm, a healthy bump over the standard Targa 4S model (up from 294kW), while peak torque is rated at 440Nm but comes on 1500rpm higher, at 5750rpm.

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Power goes to all four wheels via a standard seven-speed manual gearbox, which offers fuel use of 10.0L/100km and a 0-100km/h sprint time of 4.7 seconds. Porsche will also offer a seven-speed double-clutch PDK gearbox that improves fuel use (9.2L/100km) and the jump time (4.3sec) but has a slightly lower top speed (301km/h versus 303km/h for the manual).

The newly introduced GTS model follows the Targa trend of boasting broad hips – in this instance, the wheelarches span 22mm more than the standard car, and the new variant gains wide 20-inch wheels with 305-aspect, 30-profile rubber.

Styling highlights include plenty of black trimming, including dark headlight surrounds and black rims, a black insert for the rear air duct, dark exhaust tips and black badges. The interior sees some further dark trim, finished in Alcantara and highlighted with red stitching.

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The Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS will be available in Australia from the second quarter of 2015, priced from $305,300 plus on-road costs – identical to the price of the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Cabriolet.

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