Berlin (dpa-infocom) - Unprotected in the wind or completely sealed off from the beautiful weather - no matter how you turn it: Both convertibles and coupes have serious disadvantages.

The car manufacturers have long since recognized this and have therefore developed the so-called convertible coupés: Cars like the Mercedes SLC or the BMW 4 Series have been given a folding roof made of plastic and try to combine the best of two worlds.

You can do that, but it usually leads to unfortunate proportions and deductions in terms of practicality.

Because the rear transition is usually too big because of the bulky roof and the trunk too small.

No wonder that many of these vehicles have already disappeared from the market.

Porsche shows how it can be done differently - and has done so since the 1960s.

Because that's when the Swabians offered the 911 as a Targa for the first time.

Back then it was actually just a stopgap solution in order to be able to sell an open version of the sports car for America despite the strict US regulations, but because of the characteristic bracket above the cabin, it has become a design object and cult model that has long since found as many customers as the classic convertible .

This is why Porsche does not take long to ask for the current generation of the 911, and a Targa is now available as a third body variant at prices from 128,486 euros.

Ironed, ventilated and under the hood

To do this, the carmakers combine a fabric-clad fixed top over the first row with a glass dome over the rear and leave a silver-lacquered bar in between, which cites the original model from the sixties.

In bad weather or low temperatures, it is lighter in the Targa than in any other version of the 911, and you can also look back better.

And as soon as it looks like fresh air outside, you can open the front half at the push of a button and let in air and light without the strong wind getting in or the sun burning down on you.

If you had to get out of the car for this transformation on the first Targa and remove the roof element by hand, this is now done by a sophisticated mechanism.

She lifts the glass trunk lid, lets the front part disappear underneath and then closes the dome again.

The automated process looks spectacular, but has a catch: opening and closing takes twice as long as a normal convertible and only works when the car is stationary instead of up to 50 km / h.

Under the sheet metal a 911 like everyone else

Although the Targa has its own body, the drive remains true to the family: The Targa4 and Targa 4S are always available with all-wheel drive, only as a manual switch if expressly requested and always with a three-liter boxer engine.

In the basic model, it delivers 283 kW / 385 PS and comes to 450 Nm and goes to work in the Targa 4S with 331 kW / 450 PS and 530 Nm.

That is enough for a sprint from 0 to 100 km / h in 3.6 seconds at best and at full throttle for 304 km / h.

But as impressive as these values ​​are, it is not so much the speed that defines the 911.

Rather, it is the precise and yet incredibly passionate way in which it can be moved.

And with the roof open, it all feels a bit more intense.

So you can even take it a little slower with just as much fun.

The Targa just doesn't like it too slowly.

Because of all things during a leisurely stroll at 70 to 90 km / h with the roof open, the air builds up with an unpleasant thump under the glass dome.

Conclusion: the best of both worlds and still not an easy decision

Lots of light on cold days and well-dosed winds against the summer heat - for pragmatists, the Targa probably combines the best of a coupé and convertible.

Porsche is thus helping all those 911 customers who cannot choose one of the two basic variants.

Especially since there are no differences in the driving dynamics and you are rewarded with a neat spectacle for the downtime while operating the top.

However, the price should have little influence on the choice.

Because the Targa costs just as much per cent as the convertible.

Data sheet: Porsche 911 Targa 4S

Engine and drive

Six-cylinder boxer turbo gasoline direct injection

Displacement:

2981 cc

Maximum power:

331 kW / 450 PS at 5700 rpm

Max. Torque:

530 Nm at 2300 to 5000 rpm

Drive:

all wheel drive

Transmission:

8-speed double clutch

mass and weight

Length:

4519 mm

Width:

1852 mm

Height:

1301 mm

Wheelbase:

2450 mm

Empty weight:

1675 kg

Payload:

410 kg

Trunk volume:

132 liters

Driving data:

Top speed:

304 km / h

Acceleration 0-100 km / h:

3.6 s

Average consumption:

9.9 liters / 100 km

Range:

670 km

CO2 emission:

227 g / km

Fuel:

great

Emission class:

Eu6d

Energy efficiency class:

n / a

Costs:

Base price of the Porsche 911 Targa 4:

128,486 euros

Base price of the Porsche 911 Targa 4S:

140,327 euros

Type classes:

n / a

Vehicle tax:

324 euros / year

Important standard equipment:

Safety:

Six airbags, emergency brake assist, wet driving program, LED headlights

Comfort:

Automatic climate control, touchscreen navigation, digital instruments, electric hood

Fuel saving technology:

Automatic start-stop

All data according to the manufacturer, GDV, Schwacke

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