Return to form for the Porsche Targa

If you’re thinking of spending around £100,000 on a Porsche 911, then it would be tempting to go for the Coupé Carrera S – from £83,545 – and then add some really nice options, says Luke Madden in AutoExpress. If you want a convertible though, and are thinking of the standard Cabriolet model, then hold your horses.

The new 911 Targa 4S is fun and far more stylish than the standard drop-top, and for less than your budget you’ll get four-wheel drive too.

And unlike with previous Targas – which have been little more than coupé models with a glorified sunroof – this model takes inspiration from the 1965 original and gives you “proper open-air motoring”.

“The vast majority of the key 911 characteristics are present and correct,” says John McIlroy in What Car: the steering is direct, sharp and precise,the gearbox has ultra-quick shifts, and there is an astonishing level of grip.

The Targa models are around 110kg heavier than the comparable conventional 911s, however, and you’ll feel that when driving if you go for the entry-level models. So buy the 4S model if you want to feel like you’re driving a genuine sports car.

All in all, the Porsche Targa is an “appealing option in an already attractive line-up, with great refinement, as much open-air motoring as you could realistically want and almost as keen a driving experience as the regular 911”.

Price: £96,316
Engine: 3.8-litre flat-six
Power: 396bhp
0-62mph: 4.8 seconds (with optional Sports Chrono performance package)
Top speed: 182mph
Economy: 30.7mpg
Carbon dioxide: 214g/km

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