Porsche 911

Glass-roofed 911 should be the best of all worlds

Evo rating
Price
from £77,330
  • All the usual 911 qualities
  • Dubious value

Coupe and Cabriolet rolled into one. That’s what the 911 Targa seems to offer, and there’s no doubt that for some it’s the perfect 911. For the latest version, Porsche has decided to make it exclusively all-wheel drive, whether it’s the regular 321bhp model or the 350bhp S. It also has the Turbo’s wide-body, wide-track stance and its more sophisticated, more responsive transmission, which apportions between 5 and 40 per cent of power to the front wheels.

The see-through roof now has thinner glass but the car still weighs 60kg more than the 4S coupe, and most of it is sat up high. Body-strengthening includes a steel hoop inside the screen surround and tubes extending the length of the roof. Press the button on the centre console lightly and the gauze sunblind retracts, press it fully and – at any speed – the large centre glass panel drops an inch and reverses until it is sitting beneath the rear screen.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

It’s pleasant enough with the sun streaming in, and buffeting is notable by its absence, the air inside the cabin remarkably still at 100mph. However, our example was beset by a number of very minor but irritating twitters that may have been down to structural flex. Also, with the roof closed there was appreciable wind noise.

The 4wd Targa isn’t the solidly planted, neutral-handling 911 you might expect. Being less structurally stiff than the coupe, it has commensurately softer springs but to counteract the greater mass it carries higher up it is equipped with beefier anti-roll bars. Consequently, while its rear seems to resist squat quite firmly, the nose bobs over crests and dips and it exhibits that mild, corner-to-corner corkscrewing motion through undulating curves that has long-defined the rear-engined Porsche. You can also find yourself winding on opposite lock out of the tighter corners, the slide and recovery clean if you ride it out on a steady throttle. Press the Sport button and the damping and throttle response are sharpened noticeably.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

It’s entertaining, the Targa, but it doesn’t offer the refinement or dynamic poise of the Carrera, nor the exhilarating fresh-air sensations of the Cabriolet. It also costs £5400 more than the equivalent coupe. UK sales of the 996 Targa amounted to a couple of hundred in five years. I can’t see that number rising significantly.

Specifications

EngineFlat-six, 3824cc, 24v
Max power350bhp @ 6600rpm
Max torque295Ib ft @ 4600rpm
0-604.9sec (claimed)
Top speed179mph (claimed)
On saleNow
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/porsche/911/202636/porsche-911-carrera-to-be-turbo-only-as-manuals-stay
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera to be turbo only, as manuals stay

17 May 2020
Visit/porsche/911/202530/porsche-911-carrera-s-given-more-power-than-a-gt3-rs
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera S given more power than a GT3 RS 

28 Apr 2020
Visit/porsche/911/201904/porsche-911-carrera-s-manual-now-available-to-order-in-the-uk
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 Carrera S manual now available to order in the UK

28 Apr 2020
Visit/porsche/911/202437/litchfield-porsche-911-carrera-t-991-review
Porsche 911

Litchfield Porsche 911 Carrera T (991) review

18 Apr 2020
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/bmw/m4/22869/new-2020-bmw-m4-throws-off-more-disguise-ahead-of-reveal
BMW M4

New 2020 BMW M4 throws off more disguise ahead of reveal

BMW’s next M4 coupe promises much, but will it deliver? Here’s everything we know so far
7 Aug 2020
Visit/bugatti/21646/new-bugatti-divo-deliveries-begin-ps44m-hypercar-hits-the-road
Bugatti

New Bugatti Divo deliveries begin - £4.4m hypercar hits the road

The very first examples of Bugatti’s Divo hypercar have rolled out of its Molsheim HQ gates
7 Aug 2020
Visit/best-cars/15315/best-cars-to-buy-for-ps20000-evo-garage
Best cars

Best cars to buy for £20,000 – evo garage

The evo team pick their favourite used performance cars
4 Aug 2020
Visit/news/20376/scuderia-cameron-glickenhaus-004s-order-books-open-for-674bhp-three-seater
News

Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S: order books open for 674bhp three-seater

Announced in 2017, the road-legal Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 004S is now set to enter production later this year
6 Aug 2020