This is the just launched 2020 Porsche 911 Targa – and its quirky familiarity is very welcome at a time when new car launches are pretty thin on the ground.
im电竞官网-The Targa is a true cult classic that goes all the way back to 1966 when its not-quite-a-convertible design featuring a removable roof, glass rear panel and distinctive roll bar was introduced as a way to get around the potential ban for open-top cars in the US market due to safety concerns.
im电竞官网-The name came from the Targa Florio endurance race in Sicily, while Targa also means ‘plate’ in Italian, which happily also described the original removable panel.
These days that roof is fully automated of course; the hard-top roof panel folding away behind the rear seats to leave the trademark roll-bar and rear window in place.
The system has made it heavier than the coupé, traditionally with knock-on effects on acceleration and handling which have tended to make some so-called purists question its status over sister models in the line-up over the years.
im电竞官网-But for those that love it – us included – the pull of the Targa is precisely down to that unusual design and the characterful role it continues to play in the modern era.
The main reason it looks so good is that it retains the 911’s perfect coupé silhouette but with the added visual interest of the B-pillar, plus the exoticism of that wind-in-the-hair roof that immediately triggers daydreams of Californian road trips.
And anyway, you could never call this car slow. Its twin-turbo 3.0-litre flat six produces 380bhp on the Targa 4, managing 0-62mph in4.2sec, with a top speed of 180mph.
The Targa 4S goes up a level with 444bhp, a 0-62mph time of 3.6sec, and a top speed of 189mph. Prices start from £98,170 for the Targa 4 and £109,725 for the 4S.
Porsche has managed to evolve the 911 over 56 years so that the character of the original car is retained whilst at the same time continuing to create the most forward-looking car on the road.
Thankfully, once again, the beautiful and idiosyncratic 911 Targa is no different.