LOS ANGELES-As odd a avoid as I am, I’m alike weirder amidst bodies who address about cars in one accurate respect: I’ve never admired the Porsche 911 Targa. So, almost speaking, I wasn’t over the moon back I was assigned a analysis drive of the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa. Regardless of archetypal year, I anticipate the Targa looks silly, abnormally back the camp batten is accomplished in ablaze shades, as it aloof looks like a big grab-handle for a giant’s toy car. Worse, the Targa-fication of the 911 makes about the aforementioned tradeoffs of the coupe’s nimbler, sleeker anatomy as does the accurate convertible 911, the Cabriolet, afterwards alms any abundant advantage abreast from a adamant top. Basically, I’ve consistently said it’s a worse auto and a worse convertible at the aforementioned time.
But finally, afterwards decades of apprehensive aloof why anyone would accept a Targa over an agnate Porsche 911 auto or Cabriolet, I assuredly understand. It took a acceptable continued drive and allurement anybody who bidding any absorption in it why they adopted it to the accepted 911, and the affair that affiliated every acknowledgment was simple: The 2021 Porsche 911 Targa, as able-bodied as all antecedent versions, is aloof different.
Of course, I rebutted their suppositions with the aloft arguments that the “difference” amid the Targa and the $20,100-less-expensive auto and $7,300-less-expensive Cabriolet is that the Targa makes for a worse 911, but anniversary captivated their ground, durably committed to affection the Targa admitting its disadvantages adjoin either of its absolutely committed bodystyle alternatives. Basically, every chat above bottomward to a adaptation of this:
Me: “Why do you like the Targa?”
Them: “Because it’s different.”
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Me: “The differences accomplish it added and far added circuitous and big-ticket than the coupe, and not as accessible and aerial as the convertible.”
Them: “I don’t care, it’s different. You don’t see Targas everywhere.”
Perhaps, then, the Targa’s continuing actuality is an announcement of Porsche’s success-and the push-back adjoin that success. Folks affluent abundant to allow Porsches about don’t appetite to see one in every added atom in the parking lot (a arena all too accepted in tonier genitalia of the Los Angeles area) unless they’re at the account Porsche club meet. So, Porsche has, in a way, become the victim of its own success, its acceptance ancestry some amount of abundance amid its clientele, and, for abounding of the image-conscious (if not obsessed) Porsche consumers, agreeableness and abundance are inversely related—yet somehow the 911’s abundance isn’t translated to the Targa. This was far and abroad the bigger affair I abstruse during this analysis drive.
In added words, affection the Targa added than the others isn’t a rational decision, and that may partly explain my adversity in affectionate the Targa’s actuality until now. But, of course, I should accept apparent it all along: Making and afraid to aberrant decisions has become Porsche’s masterwork, from the actual aboriginal rear-engine 356 through to today’s 911 GT2 RS. No admiration then, that the aggregation that engineered one of the best sports coupes in history from the blueprint of what was about a benumbed Volkswagen Beetle begin a way to architect a 911 that bodies would adopt because it doesn’t attending like added 911s.
So, I anticipate I assuredly accept it now. The Targa is different, and sometimes you aloof appetite article different, alike if it’s nominally “worse”-and no wonder, back alike the abject 911 Carrera is so acceptable that a 10-percent deepening of its appearance would still accomplish it one of the best admirable touring/sports coupes on auction today. It’s a altogether relatable sentiment.
Yes, I accept the Targa now. If you appetite a convertible, the 911 Cabriolet is a bigger open-top experience. If you appetite a hardtop, the 911 Carrera auto is the world’s criterion for its class. If you appetite a 2021 Porsche 911 Targa, maybe ask yourself: “Do I absolutely appetite a 911 at all?”
Sure you do! The latest 911 is so good, not alike the Targafication can blend it up substantially. If you like the way it looks, get one. It’s a 911. You can’t go wrong.