Porsche has come a long way to improve the profile of the 992 drop roof, but it still looks sloppy and oddly proportioned, and the cloth roof ruins the classic lines. And that’s just aesthetics. The drivers of the 911 Cabriolet have appropriated this brilliant convertible and turned it into a stylish fashion statement.
But the 911 Targa is forgiving without being obvious. It sacrifices performance relative to the Coupé and comfort relative to the Cabriolet, but the inherent rarity of the design makes it great. Is rare. He has inheritance. It is exclusive. If you are fully determined on an outdoor 911, the Targa is the only way to go.
The 911 Targa may feature a profile similar to the 911 Coupé, but the basic bodywork itself – that is, everything but the roof structure – comes from the Cabriolet. And this is good. While the proportions of the convertible are a bit flimsy, they are that way because the cloth roof cannot mimic the shape of the 911. The rest of the car is very curvy, especially the raised waistline that follows the rear hips before tying overhead. of the rear grill.
The Cabriolet’s folding softtop goes up and down in just 12 seconds and runs at less than 30 miles per hour. It takes 19 seconds for the Targa’s roof to function and it will need to remain motionless while the mechanical ballet unfolds. And it’s a great performance, with the entire rear window lifting up and moving past the tail of the vehicle. Fortunately, the 911’s rear parking sensors prevent the top from working if you’re too close to an obstacle.
As for the actual outdoor experience, it’s hard to tell from behind the wheel between the real convertible and this one. The Targa lets in as much sun as a suitable convertible, although wind noise is less noticeable at higher speeds. The Targa seems to let in less engine noise than the convertible, although it’s worth noting that we were driving a European market car with a sound-stealing gasoline particulate filter and without the sports exhaust system. It is possible that when we finally drive a Targa from the US market, its sound will be more prominent.
Like the Convertible, the Targa is available in base and S variants with twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engines and 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet or 443 hp and 390 pound-feet. The result is identical sprints from zero to 60 mph of 4.2 seconds for the base and 3.6 seconds for the 4S (subtract two-tenths from each number for cars with the Sport Chrono package).