First things first: There is no practical reason to buy a 2021 Porsche 911 License Plate on a 911 Cabriolet. The roof mechanism is slower to work with and more complex, and only works while sitting. The whole assembly is even heavier and when the roof is open, the body is no narrower than a 911 Cabrio.
But you can not buy a Cabrio 911. You just can not. It’s like putting a Cheez-Whiz in a main cut, pairing a Tom Ford butcher with a pair of flip flops, or decorating the front lawn of your castle with dozens of plastic flamingos. It’s not done.
Porsche has made efforts to improve the profile of the 992 point, but it still looks bloated and weird, the roof of clothes that destroys the classic lines. And that̵7;s just aesthetics. The 911 Cabriolet executives have co-selected this excellent open-top driver car and turned it into a fashion statement.
But Targa 911 is indulgent without being clear. It sacrifices performance in relation to the Coupe and comfort in relation to the Cabriolet, but the natural wonder in the design makes it fresh. It is rare. There is inheritance. It is exclusive. If you are dead set in an open air 911, the License Plate is the only way you should go.
Theatia is on fire
The 911 license plate may have a profile similar to the 911 Coupe, but the basic body itself – that is, everything except the roof structure – comes from the Cabriolet. And that’s good. While the convertible proportions are a bit lucrative, they are in that way because the clothesline roof can not mimic the shape of the 911. The rest of the car is very curved, especially the sliding belt loop that follows the rear trucks before they are connected. together above the rear grille.
But where the Carrera Cab drops the ball with its fabric roof, the winding glass in the Targa retains the basic 911 shape and looks like it does well. The rear window, the lack of C-pillars and the high tail make the License Plate the most attractive member of the 911 family, complete stop. And from the last three quarters, this could be one of the most beautiful cars around.
But it does not hold a Cabriolet candle in terms of practicality. The Cabriolet’s soft folding tip goes up and down in just 12 seconds and operates under 30 miles per hour. The top of the Targa requires 19 seconds to operate and you will need to stand still while the mechanical ballet plays outside. And it’s quite performance, with all the rear window raised up and moving in front of the tail of the vehicle. Fortunately, the 911’s rear parking sensors prevent upper operation if you are too close to an obstacle.
As for the actual experience in the open air, it is difficult to show the difference from behind the wheel between the real converter and this. The license plate allows in the same sunlight as a proper convertible, although wind noise is less noticeable at higher speeds. The license plate seems to have less engine noise than convertibles, though it is worth noting that we were driving a car in the euro market with a filter of gasoline particles that stole sound and without the sports exhaust system. It is possible that when we finally drive a License Plate in the US market, its sound will be more prominent.
Ende A 911
As the heaviest non-Turbo 911, it is reasonable to expect some performance loss in Targa-only-drive only, at least in relation to the Coupe. At 65 3,658, it’s more than pa 200 heavier. But the overall performance character is largely consistent with the Cabriolet, which is only 44 pounds lighter than the Targa.
Like the Cabrio, the Targa is available in basic variants and the S with two twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter six-flats packing 379 horsepower and 331 pound-feet or 443 hp and 390 lb-ft. The result is the same with the zero-60-mph sprints of 4.2 seconds for the base and 3.6 seconds for the 4S (subtract two-tenths of each number for cars with the Sport Chrono package).
Our Targa 4 tester felt bored, but unlike the Carrera 4 Coupe we reviewed a few weeks ago, a little more power would help.
Our Targa 4 tester felt bored, but unlike the Carrera 4 Coupe we reviewed a few weeks ago, a little more power would help. The license plate, due to its extra weight, is slower in a straight line, but the engine remains a superstar with ultra-linear torque and a willingness to restart. This is still a very nice vehicle to rediscover.
This is partly down to the two-speed eight-speed automatic. Porsche will offer a seven-speed manual on the Targa 4S, but the base model does so with the two-pedal device. We’ll normally lament this fact, but Porsche dual-clutch transmissions are arguably the best on the planet, changing the vehicle’s 100 millisecond speeds when set to maximum attack while doing their perfect job in regular navigation . Get seven-speed if you can, but don’t feel too bad about getting in the vehicle, either.
The handling character of the 911 Targa is similar to the Cabriolet, which means that the Coupe is more agile and rigid and the right choice for people who value handling more. The new roof adds weight for a start, but also raises the center of gravity and moves the weight balance slightly toward the back – you probably won’t notice these things outside of a racing spot. However, what is most obvious is the lack of rigidity. Coupe is more resistant to distorting motions. Hold the roof up and the License Plate comes in second and third convertible. Throw the tops on the last two, though, and the rotation stiffness levels are identical.
You can feel that change in the road. The license plate feels quite strong – we have not encountered any violent shocks or other convertible bad behaviors – but is less eager to change directions and feels more easily disturbed by bumps and imperfections. Rest hard and still provide valuable experience handling the 911. There are high levels of lateral control and lots of feedback through the chassis. Running is also fast and with good weight. Indeed, the Targa is a perversion to be thrown around, even if its full limits remain behind the Coupe.
Cost? What cost?
Perhaps our favorite thing about the Targa 911 is that it costs no more than a Carrera 4 or 4S Cabriolet. That’s right, you will spend the same for a full fabric roof or a more detailed design. Prices for both cars start at $ 119,300 for the 4S and $ 135,200 for the 4S. Props on Porsche not to charge extra for fresher body style.
The license plate costs the same as the convertible one, is just as fast and maybe a little more agile, is more stylish, and certainly has better convertible behavior. And to achieve the above, this body style is much rarer. In the last generation, only 15 percent of all 911s had this uniquely high mechanism – Porsche would not speculate on rates taken for the 992 License Plate, but we would gain a large chunk of the changes that 15 percent are possible. Yes, the Targa is heavier and its top is a little more convenient. But when we are talking about rarity and style in a sports car, a little annoyance is worth it.