I’ve lusted after the Porsche 911 Targa for too long. I want more excitement for my £90k


They say never meet your heroes – so what was I doing testing the Porsche 911 Targa then? The car I’ve lusted after since the 993 was presented to us journalists in Austria 20 years ago hasn’t quite lived up to expectation.

The folding hard top, silver hoop bar and chunky rear end really look the business. However, the Targa’s clinical driving experience has left me unmoved. I want more excitement for £90k.

911 Targa’s have niche appeal, slotting into the range between the coupe and cabriolet. I love the styling, the whole concept but why wasn’t I looking back longingly when I handed over the keys in Malvern today?

In contrast, I drove a Morgan Plus 8 test back to the Cotswolds afterwards. It’s raw, outrageously loud, a bit sweaty – and bloody amazing! I relished every second of that winding A road.

I’m at an age when comfort, economy and heated seats should be my priority. Maybe I’m a bit weird but I know which of these two open top cars I would like to own the most….

The birds and bees of owning a Porsche 911 Targa


This is getting silly. First I think there’s a bee lodged in the front mechanism of my folding-roof 991 Targa. Now I’m baffled by what sounds sounds like a bird stuck in the back.

It’s so intrusive with the top stowed that yesterday I had to pull over and check there wasn’t a feathered thing wedged in an air intake.  So now I have a bee with the roof in place – and a bird when it’s lowered. Brilliant Porsche!

I’ve spent the last two months trying to find a grey 997 Targa to buy and none of the secondhand cars I’ve driven rattle. So what has happened with this £90k new version – do I just have what was commonly known as a ‘Monday morning car’ as my test vehicle?

I’d expect rattles from an Aston Martin – it’s British and you just have to live with it. But a Porsche 911? Well, seems mighty odd to me. We have a Morgan Plus 8 coming later this week. I wonder if it will get the shakes so bad?


More beautiful than a Porsche 911 convertible? The Targa flips its lid


The buzzing Targa continues to frustrate but I’m managing to block out the sound. It helps if the weather is sunny because I can drop the lid and listen to the wind instead.

Although the folding section of the roof is made of black fabric (a la most convertibles) it could just as easily be make out of metal. Tat’s because it doesn’t crumble up, but disappears in one piece underneath the opened rear glass screen.

Yes, it’s rather hard to describe in words but it words beautifully. It’s not quick but sometimes the best things are worth waiting for.

Once removed, the latest Targa model looks simply beautiful. I thought the shape was too similar to a standard 911 coupe but you would be amazed how many people comment positively on the styling.

The Targa offers so much more than the convertible 911. It may cost more (and be equally as rattly!) but what a head-turner…

The Porsche 911 Targa requires a firm fist to resolve the squeaky roof problem


I keep getting bitten by horseflies. These are bluebottles with attitude and  give a nasty nip. I hate the little buggers but I’ve been rather hoping that there is one in the Porsche Targa this week.

The Targa has always had a reputation for squeaky roof – you simply can’t cut the top off a car and expect everything to fit perfect. Apparently, that even applies to a £90k Porsche.

Just like the 1990s 993 Targa I lust after, this new model is just the same. Except I have been able to find a solution. All I need to do it shove my fist into the underside of the fabric roof section as I drive along and hey presto – problem solved.

Long term, this isn’t an option but as rattles and squeaks in cars are my pet hate, I seem to be driving around with a fist in the air quite a lot at the moment. Maybe I need to lust after the more rigid 911 coupe instead…



Shake, roll bar and the slightest rattle. The Porsche 911 Targa falls just short of perfection


I’ve always wanted a Targa – ever since the 993 model launch almost 20 years ago in Austria.

The sliding glass roof on that car was brilliant but it was plagued with issues. The complicated, electric mechanism that opened the panel had issues, which often caused rattles and leaks.

I recently went to view a 1996 Targa that had been lovingly cared for at huge expense. The roof alone had been overhauled by a Porsche main dealer twice to the tune of £8,000. Yep, it still rattled.

And the latest 991 Targa still rattles too! Despite a completely different roof mechanism that has been styled on the original 60s Targa, I was amazed to hear something squeaking in the roof.

Maybe you just have to accept that kind of stuff in an open top car? Me, well, if I as paying £90k for a Targa, I’d be straight on the phone to customer services at Porsche…

Remember the original 1960s Porsche Targa? The latest one’s just as cute


Don’t fancy the idea of a full, folding roof convertible but like the wind in your thinning hair? Porsche has the answer in the shapely form of the 911 Targa.

You can only buy it in the wide-bodied, four-wheel drive 911 bodyshell but the 2015 model looks more like the original, 1965 original Targa than any version inbetween.

And whether the Targa is popular or not with Porsche purists, it’s the car I’ve always wanted to own. When I went on the launch of the 993 version in the mid-90s, the feel-good factor in the Alps of Austria was sensational.

The problem with this latest version really comes down to the price. Most people either want a coupe or convertible 911. Are there enough buyers for a Targa?

Well, I hope so because 24 hours in, I’m loving it. It starts with that retro styling and just keeps me smiling mile after mile. More tomorrow, when I can get out of the driver’s seat long enough to write…