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What is a Porsche 911 Targa, exactly? Well, back in the 1960s there were worries that the US would ban full convertibles on the perfectly reasonable grounds that if you rolled one, it might very well knock your block off.
So in 1966 Porsche came up with a solution for its 911 sports car. Instead of the whole roof folding away, the Targa had removable roof panels above its front seats that kept you blissfully aerated on a summer’s day, but behind you the rear window and roll-hoop stayed in place to avert beheadings. Genius.
Fast forward nearly sixty years and convertibles never were banned, they just grew a lot safer, and this means the full-blown 911 Cabriolet is there for wind-in-the hair motoring if you want it. Yet, seemingly anomalously, the 911 Targa still exists, too, for reasons that mainly boil down to style; folk just love its classic looks. But, arguably its roof – now electrically operated – offers better insulation in the depths of winter than the Cabriolet’s.
Could the 911 Targa actually be a better convertible than a 911 Cabriolet? And can it trump rivals that include the Audi R8 Spyder, Jaguar F-Type Convertible or Mercedes-AMG GT Roadster? Find out in our in-depth review. Then, when you’ve decided what to buy, make sure you head over to our New Car Buying section for a hassle-free deal.
At a glance
|Number of trims||2 see more|
|Number of engines||4 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||23.3 - 27.4|
|Avaliable doors options||2|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£7,006 / £12,610|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£14,011 / £25,221|
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