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.