Iconic Porsche design, superbly engineered, sharp handling, sublime engines, extra practicality over Coupe
Miserly standard kit, high running costs
The 911 Targa is a sort of halfway-house between the standard Coupe model and the Convertible. It retains the classic body Porsche shape, but at the touch of a button, the glass roof retracts for occupants to enjoy the sun. The roof operates at any speed, much like an electric sunroof. It's further distinguished from other models in the line-up by having an opening hatchback, increasing practicality.
The Targa is only available with four-wheel-drive and has wider rear bodywork giving an extra purposeful stance as well as added stability. It's a combination that seems particularly suited to the UK - it's more secure in slippery conditions, and the roof allows occupants to make the most of any good weather. The model was facelifted in mid 2008 with new engines and exterior changes including the introduction of LED daytime running lights.