Porsche’s throwback to the ’50s and ’60s
Written By- Neehan Rashid
Most automotive enthusiasts have a soft spot for classics which would make us leave whatever we are doing when we spot one. Porsche has built a time machine in the 21st century that is able to take us back to the nostalgic days and fulfill our desire to drive a car from the past. With the technology of the new world and the looks of the golden 50s and 60s, the new 2021 Porsche 911 Targa Heritage design is a bold modern classic. The cumbersome name encompasses what this car is truly about: a limited edition version of the gorgeous 911 Targa 4S which is rocking the design of the brand’s heritage from the 1950s and early 1960s.
Porsche’s design crew had no strings attached while designing this particular car. The vehicle literally screams out the fact that the designers had fun with this model and reached deep into the brand’s endless reservoir of badges, colours, frills and furbelows to create a masterpiece. It’s coated in Cherry Red Metallic (also available in Black, Guards Red, or GT Silver Metallic), with white design elements like the “spears” stretching from the headlights to the A-pillars. The classic Porsche stripes accompanied with the large circles on doors stick out at first glance, like the silver Targa roll bar that is constant with the other Targa models.
Closer look reveals a plethora of further details that just pleases the eye. It includes the “historical Porsche crest of 1964” fitted to the front trunk lid and the wheel hub covers. Porsche also used the wheels influenced by the classic Fuchs design in the factory standard 20-inch front and 21-inch rear sizes. The lettering on the Targa bar and the rear is executed in gold. However, this isn’t where it ends. There is a “heritage” badge included that recalls the 100,000- kilometer badge that Porsche 365 owners received after passing that certain milestone.
The interior of the car is no less, compared to the unique exterior. The 1963 crest makes further appearances on the headrests, steering wheel, the key pouch, and the very key itself. The interior is covered in bicolor leather, beige combined with either red or black. Corduroy fabric appears on seats and door trim, and the instruments are illuminated in green, a homage to the 356 style .The Sport Chrono dial also looks more appropriate in this retro-themed 911 than in the other models. There’s also a limited-edition chronograph for your wrist that’s available only to Heritage Design Edition buyers. The interior also has perforated Alcantara headliner that is much appreciated and Porsche should be applauded for fitting a metal badge with the actual, individual limited-edition number. That’s so much better than a hypothetical “1 of 992” badge, such as the ones other manufacturers provide for their special edition models.
In terms of specs the Heritage Edition comes only as a Targa with all-wheel drive, and the potential client can choose between a seven-speed manual and a new generation eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Priced at $181,950 and set for launch in late summer, it outshines the regular Targa 4S by a cool $45,400 but comes with a lot of handmade trim, and its rarity will likely render it a very good investment.
There is also a say that there will be more Heritage Design models down the road, available on more 911 models and most likely unlimited in number. It will also include some of the details first shown on the Heritage Design Edition and will be themed after the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. Hence, if this isn’t the style that you prefer, then hopefully there would be a design that suites your taste.