Porsche 911 Targa review
The Porsche 911 Targa has been around since 1965, when it debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale in 1967. Since then, Porsche has continuously reinvented it until the removable soft top turned in to little more than a large sunroof on the 993, 996 and 997 models.Now, though, for the latest 991 generation Porsche has gone back to the 1965 original by opting for a proper convertible set up, including the same stylish wraparound rear screen and metal rollover bar. Unlike the 911 Cabriolet, the Targa is only ava jordan retro ilable in 4 and 4S four wheel drive variants. It also comes with bespoke suspension settings and is priced at just below the Cabriolet.For the previous three generations of 911 there hasn’t been much differentiation between Coupe and Targa models but this latest model has a character all of its own. The brushed metal rollover hoop is borrowed from the very first Targa, as is the stylish wraparound rear screen. Since only four wheel drive models are available, you’ll notice that you get the light bar running across the engine cover and wheelarches that stick out 22mm more than on rear wheel drive 911s.The 4S gets 20 inch alloy wheels, where the 4 gets 19s, but both come fitted with leather upholstery, sports seats and bi xenon headlights.Despite the high profile fire issues with the Porsche911 GT3, Porsche generally has an excellent reputation for reliability. It helps that the Targa engines and chassis components are used elsewhere in the Porsche range, with very few issues reported.In terms of safety, this is where the Targa comes in to its own after all, the 1965 original was designed to bypass potentially stringent USA rollover regulations on convertibles. That aluminium bar provides great peace of mind when you’re driving, unlike the system that the Cabriolet uses, which relies on a pair of pop up rollover beams.The 991 generation 911 is supposedly the most practical yet but it’s worth r jordan retro emembering that this car is a sports car first and foremost. You get jordan retro 125 litres of storage under the bonnet and 160 litres underneath t jordan retro he engine cover but neither is particularly useful unless you’ve got a couple of bags of shopping or a soft travel bag.What you’ll probably end up doing is just using the rear seats as an extension of the boot. That’s because on the whole they’re not really good for much else. You can forget about getting adults back there but small children should be absolutely fine for short journeys.This latest 911 is the most efficient yet, and it brings surprisingly reasonable running costs along with its supercar performance. In the 4S, the PDK equipped cars are cleanest, boasting CO2 emissions of 214g/km and economy of 30.7mpg. Go for the seven speed manual instead and those figures worsen to 28.2mpg and 237g/km.The 4 is a bit better on running costs, with the PDK equipped model boasting 32.5mpg. The 4S sits in insurance group 49, which is only one off the highest rating possible. Less powerful models are slightly cheaper to insure.