2007 Porsche 911 (997) Targa 4S
The full name of this car is the Porsche 911 Targa 4S. Each morsel
of word, each number in that grandiloquent name, adds significant
numbers to the sticker price.
The journey to a Targa 4S begins with a rear-drive, 325-hp flat-six
Porsche 911 Carrera ($73,260). Tack on a "4," for four-wheel drive
($79,060), and then you'll want the more powerful 355-hp engine
that puts the S in 4S ($89,260), and now you've just overshot the
sanity turnoff, so why not go all the way and get the
two-sectioned, sliding-glass Targa roof ($96,760) that turns it
into a hatchback? Or forget the whole thing and just buy that
recently foreclosed house on the corner, outright.
Meanwhile, back on the interstate, somehow I'm almost at 90- how
did that happen?-and begin nose giggling because there's still a
ton of juice under my right foot; even in the manual's sixth gear,
it will surge forward with the slightest pressure on the pedal.
As usual, Porsche sent over this Targa 4S equipped with everything
but the kitchen sink, pushing the price heavenward. The
full-leather option means the layer of beef critter is extended
over not just the seats but also the door panels and the dashboard
and the armrests, and you go down for another $3365. The regular
nine-speaker Bose music box has four more and costs $1390, the
navigation system is $2070, the power-seat deal is $1550. And so it
goes, right up to $108,520. No wonder I can't think straight.
But what a car it is. The horizontally opposed 3.8-liter 355-horse
"boxer" nosebleeder with double overhead cams and four valves per
cylinder and variable valve timing is an engine that fully confirms
the notion that German engineering is next to cleanliness and will
get the car to 100 mph in 10 seconds.
The variants to hit the showroom floor are the 911 Targa 4 and
Targa 4S. The Targa is for those who enjoy open-air grand touring,
but appreciate the practicality of having a real hardtop. Featuring
a 4.8-sq.-ft. glass roof that can be retracted rearward in 7
seconds, the enormous opening allows the sun to shine in and fresh
air to pass through.
The 911 Targa 4 gets the Carrera coupe's 325-bhp 3.6-liter flat-6
engine, while the Targa 4S comes with the Carrera S's 355-bhp
3.8-liter variant. As the "4" designation suggests, all Targas are
equipped with a permanent torque-varying all-wheel-drive system,
which necessitates a rear body that is 1.7 in. wider than the
Driving the Targa 4S is an invigorating reminder of the
sophistication and sporty performance offered by the rear-engine
997 platform. Adding the glass open-top along with a more compliant
suspension makes the 911 Targa a truly great touring companion.
Pricing for the Targa 4 starts at $85,700, while the 4S lists for
Power Output: 261 kW / 355 HP
Original In-Service Date: Dec 29, 2006
Exterior Color: Guards Red
Interior Color: Black Full Leather
Self Dimming Mirrors
19" Turbo Wheel
Sport Chrono Package Plus
Navigation Module for PCM
BOSE High End Sound Package
Power Seat Package
Porsche Crest in Headrest