The Porsche 911 range can be a confusing place for those who don’t have any Porsche knowledge at hand. If you are new to the brand and walk into a Porsche Centre with the intention of purchasing the latest 911 without a prior idea of which model you desire, you could easily get confused and come out with less of a clue than when you started. Firstly do you want a Coupe or Cabriolet, a Carrera, perhaps a Carrera S, then is it to be a Carrera 2 or Carrera 4 in either of those iterations, do you want a GTS, a Turbo, a Turbo S, a GT3, maybe a GT3 Touring, soon no doubt a GT3 RS, maybe even a GT2 or even GT2 RS to be released at some point down the line. The list is seemingly endless.
From Porsche’s point of view, it’s all about giving the customers exactly what they want. The 911 has always been billed as the perfect every day sports car, so creating a range of models to cater for exactly what their customers are looking for is a sensible decision. From a capable every day sports car in the ‘base’ Carrera to something that will please even the most track addicted drivers with the GT3 and beyond, the 911 range really does have something for everyone, and with the list of available options, every budget too. But what if you want something perhaps a little less focused on cornering ability and handling, and something a bit more boulevard cruiser and the epitome of Grand Touring style. For that you need the 911 Targa.
The Porsche 911 Targa harks back to the 1960’s, when safety conscious campaigners in the US decided convertibles were dangerous because of the vulnerability of the occupants. With the convertible market being so lucrative for Porsche, they decided to make the rollover protection bar as much of a style statement as a safety feature, creating the 911 Targa in time for the 1965 Frankfurt Motor Show. Named after the Targa Florio race, the name was shortened to ‘Targa’ to prevent it being shortened to ‘Florio’, and the name quickly became the byword for cars with lift-out roof sections. Plus it handily also means ‘Shield’ in Italian so created an extra link to the safety aspect of the new model.
The Targa may be heavier than the Coupe and the Cabriolet but Porsche haven’t attempted to strengthen the chassis in order to compensate and deliver the same handling and track-born potential. Instead they created the ultimate style iteration of the 911 and the perfect car for a refined drive with a designer edge. The Targa is all about that roof, and what a roof it is. The operation procedure may be slightly over the top and unnecessary when compared the neat folding 911 Cabriolet but that is not the point. The way in which the roof sections fold away is pure pantomime and an event in itself, and watching the whole process of the huge glass rear section pivoting away from the body to make way is something you never get bored of seeing.
It may not be as dynamic or as light on its feet as the rest of the 911 collection, but when that range is so exceptional at what it does, the Targa has a different focus and doesn’t need to be. With a 3.0 twin-turbo flat six that generates 444bhp in the Targa 4s, 0-62mph is dealt with in under 4 seconds (3.6s with Sport Chrono and launch control) and the car will keep going to 189mph, not exactly a slouch. The Targa represents a car that manages to be fantastic to drive whilst being the most stylish of the 911 range. Roof down or roof up, the expansive rear windscreen displayed next to the satin styled roll-over hoop, complete with signature triple vents and iconic Targa badging, looks effortlessly chic. For many years enthusiasm for the Targa had waned until its re-introduction in the early 90’s, yet in many ways, and in particular for the 992 generation, the Targa has become THE one to have.
Our 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S 3.0T  PDK is finished in Crayon with contrasting Black and Crayon leather interior with Guards Red decorative stitching. The list of optional features is one of the most extensive we’ve seen on a 911 and includes 20/21” 911 Turbo Design wheels, Interior trim package, SportDesign package, Sport Chrono package, Sports Exhaust system in Black, Adaptive 18-way Sports seats plus, Matt carbon fibre interior package, BOSE surround sound system, LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), Exclusive Design taillights, Privacy glass and much, much more. This one owner car is offered in exceptional condition with just 1,850 miles covered and comes with a the remainder of a Porsche manufacturer warranty until April 2024.
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