The good things in life don’t come free, at least with the name Porsche on them.

The Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition is a prime example, due here later in the year with a price tag of $395,000.

Led by the “Style Porsche” design department and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, it is the first of four models that reinterpret iconic 911 models and interiors of the 1950s to 1980s, bringing typical characteristics of heritage cars back to life.

Only 992 examples of this particular model will be offered worldwide.

Exclusive paintwork in Cherry Metallic or four other exterior colours, combined with gold logos, create an authentic 1950s look.

The exterior of the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition features high-quality white livery with an historical design.

The spear-shaped graphic motorsports elements on the front wings are particularly striking, recalling the early days of Porsche competition.

Another highlight is the Porsche Heritage badge on the engine lid grille at the rear, reminiscent of the one awarded back in the day when a Porsche 356 reached the 100,000km mark.

The seal of quality from the past – with a modern twist – will grace the rear of all four Porsche Heritage Design models.

The connection between past and present is also emphasised by the 1963 Porsche Crest on the bonnet, steering wheel, wheel centres and vehicle key.

The historical motif is also embossed on the head restraints and key pouch.

Further emphasis is provided by the standard 20/21-inch Carrera Exclusive Design wheels and classic-look black brake callipers.

The interior pays tribute to the past with exclusive two-tone leather.

The use of corduroy on seats and door trims signals the return of a material used in the Porsche 356, reviving the zeitgeist and fashion of the 50s.

The classic look of the green-illuminated rev counter and stopwatch underline the emotive nature of the concept in the same way that the perforated roof liner in microfibre fabric and extensive Exclusive Manufaktur leather trim do.

A metal badge on the dashboard visualises the individual limited edition number.

The first Heritage Design model is based on the new 911 Targa of the 992 generation introduced recently, and has been equipped with the latest technologies for chassis, assistance systems and infotainment.

It’s powered by a hi-tech 331kW bi-turbo boxer engine, combined with an 8-speed dual-clutch transmission, that delivers a 0-100km/h time of less than 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 304km/h.

Along with the introduction of the special edition, selected interior elements will be available as part of the Heritage Design package for all current 911 models.

Porsche Design has also created a high-quality chronograph, to be built in restricted numbers as well, exclusively available to purchasers of the new limited edition model.

 

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Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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