Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

UN­LESS you look up, you’ll never know you’re in the Targa. Only when you see the glass roof, which is eas­ily dis­guised by the more­ef­fec­tive new sun blind, do you re­mem­ber the lat­est 911 is not an­other su­per-tight Car­rera coupe.

The Targa feels as taut as the coupe and just as re­spon­sive, with the sort of grip and bal­ance Porsche has done well to in­stall with the lat­est all-wheel-drive pack­age for the 911.

An­other run with the PDK ro­botic man­ual is great too, with slick quick shifts and the po­ten­tial for race-style cor­ner­ing if you go for the su­per-sports pro­gram.

The Targa 4 is more than quick enough, but a switch to the 4S un­corks the ex­tra 3.8-litre urge that makes ev­ery 911 a mem­o­rable drive.

Still, the PDK shift but­tons on the steer­ing wheel are not easy to use. And the man­ual change for the gearshift is set wrong-way­round for sports driv­ing.

The roof it­self is easy to use and gives plenty of choices in sun­shine and fresh air. It cre­ates some buf­fet­ing if it is not open all the way, but if you ad­just it for the speed and con­di­tions it works smoothly and el­e­gantly.

The hatch­back rear end is par­tic­u­larly good, giv­ing more head­room for the back seats, a con­ve­nient way to load shop­ping or chil­dren, and an ex­tra 25 litres of stor­age space.

The Targa is good to drive, looks very good and comes fully loaded.

But that is the bad news. The com­bi­na­tion of a wide 911 body and all-wheel drive makes it one of the dear­est in the 911 cat­a­logue.

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