While driving the latest 911 Targa I shared a car with fellow journo (and former colleague) Adam Towler, and we came to the conclusion that as a product designed to appeal to Porsche’s new customers in China and Russia the Targa has to be admired, but not loved.
It would have the new strengthened 345bhp 3.6-litre engine, two-wheel drive (but possibly in the wider four-wheel drive body), LSD, manual gearbox – or the option of PDK with proper fixed change paddles.
Weight would be down by about 50kg by culling sound insulation and less important trim, and it would get specifically-tuned passive dampers rather than electronically variable ones, a non-switchable sports exhaust.
And, while riding the fantasy spec, how about improved bushing to restore the steering feel of the pre-facelift 911. We’d finish it off with an alcantara steering wheel and gearlever, sports seats and a Clubsport button (to change PSM and ABS settings for track use, quicken the PDK shift and remove the kickdown). Visually it would be finished with a deeper front splitter, small fixed position ducktail rear spoiler and the option of solid colours only.
The price would be sub £70K and, as the company’s sales dip, it could be the perfect way to encourage some showroom traffic. Here’s hoping.