That large curved glass rear screen, fixed rollover bar and retracting cloth roof are the features to alight on first.
They make the new Targa different from the last couple of iterations, and from a current 911 coupé or convertible.
In all other respects, the car’s cabin is the same as its siblings’. It’s large for a sports car and quite practical, with occasional rear seats, lots of cubbies for your odds and ends and plenty of elbow space and headroom. It’s trimmed and finished to a meticulous standard and conveys a sense of quality throughout.
It may perhaps be a bit short on material style, charm and sporting ambience – compared with, say, an Aston Martin Vantage or a Jaguar F-type – but so much we’ve already written of this 991-generation 911.
The Targa’s bit-part role is to be a more usable, practical, safe and secure alternative to a convertible and simultaneously more special and laid-back than a coupé. It succeeds on some of those scores, but not all.
For instance, although standard four-wheel drive clearly adds to the Targa’s year-round usability, it means that you get a smaller front-end cargo compartment than in a standard Carrera cabrio: 60mm shorter front to rear, according to our tape measure.
Equally, in the cabrio, you can pop the roof down and drop bags and boxes straight into the space behind the back seats. In the Targa, that wide roof bar gets in your way.