For a car that should probably have been dead for the past 30 years, the 911 Targa is in rude health.

Niche it may be, but the model has come to represent an alluring prospect: a sports car with an added smattering of the boulevardier.

Sophisticated and enjoyable. If you like the idea of it, you'll like the reality

And there’s no need to feel at all sheepish if that idea tickles your fancy, because the new Targa gives up so little to a 911 Carrera on the road that the difference is hardly worth measuring. You’re trading a sliver of handling precision here for a bigger gain on pragmatic chassis compliance and losing no performance to speak of.

Our main regret is that Porsche didn’t do more to give this car a distinctive character. With a more luxurious cabin and smarter packaging, the Targa could earn itself a very special place in the model line-up; one you could understand and buy into instantly, without qualification.

As it is, the Targa’s biggest selling point is that it’s still a 911 – but it does little to improve the breed.