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.

Targa While Porsche is busy conquering new markets, it shouldn’t forget the enthusiasts. So after some mental doodling, how about this for the perfect (sub GT3) 911: the ‘997’ Clubsport.

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.