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    Targa - Love or Hate?

     We're planning on ordering a new 997, possibly a Targa, soon. I've been unable to answer these two questions from personal experience, so I'm asking anyone with sufficient Targa exposure for assistance.

    - With the top "down," how much is rear-window vision impaired in daylight, but especially in the evening?

    - if parked in the sun on a warn day (Southern California), will the car get "excessively" hot (e.g., compared with a coupe?)

    Any other notable "pros" or "cons" would be appreciated.

     


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    It's cool looking and very rare,   - - another guy in CA got one a couple years back - do a search 


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    had a 993 targa for 9 years.

    when the targa top is opened, looking through the rear window is similar to you wearing your sunglasses.  It is not as bright, but all images are visible.

    yes, it gets hotter inside compared to a coupe, putting that rolling sunscreen on helps a bit.  I usually tilt the first portion of glass roof up for ventilation.

    Pro is the fresh air coming in via the big sunroof.  I drive with the roof open all the time if its not raining.

    Con is the roof making noises when driving on uneven roads.

     


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    Tim

    2010 997.2 GT3RS, January build;  2008 Cayenne Turbo;  2006 911 Club Coupe #13;  2006 BMW 530xi


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    "Con is the roof making noises when driving on uneven roads."

    That's a deal breaker. What's the point in a targa then. Might as well get a convertible.

     


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    The 993 was Porsche´s first example of the targa with glass roof, there have been several modifications been made to the 996 and 997 variants. I have even met people that claim no relevant noise from the roof at all.

    I am a huge fan of the targa models but unfortunately only a minority seems to appreciate that model variant.


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    I am with you, have been hoping Porsche would release a Turbo in Targa form.


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    I was - and still am to a certain extent - a big fan of the Targa. When I was considering a new 997, the Targa was at the top of my list. My thoughts from several test drives:

    Pros:

    • Targa roof is great overall
    • rather big opening
    • still very nice when closed
    • glass roof makes the cabin airy
    • best of both worlds: coupé and convertible
       


    Cons:

    • sunscreen is a bit archaic, I would rather like an electrochromic glass panel like in a 575 Superamerica
    • rear window vision is limited when the roof is open (you can see through, but it is limited)
    • rear vision is also obstructed by the overlapping window frame
    • roof often makes a rattling noise on bad roads which was totally annoying


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    The secret of life is to admire without desiring.


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    Rossi:

    I was - and still am to a certain extent - a big fan of the Targa. When I was considering a new 997, the Targa was at the top of my list. My thoughts from several test drives:

    Pros:

    • Targa roof is great overall
    • rather big opening
    • still very nice when closed
    • glass roof makes the cabin airy
    • best of both worlds: coupé and convertible
       


    Cons:

    • sunscreen is a bit archaic, I would rather like an electrochromic glass panel like in a 575 Superamerica
    • rear window vision is limited when the roof is open (you can see through, but it is limited)
    • rear vision is also obstructed by the overlapping window frame
    • roof often makes a rattling noise on bad roads which was totally annoying

     

    Few additions:
     

     

    The rear hatch is hugely practical. You can throw in golf backs etc. with ease. All 911s should have that.

    With the roof open, there is a humming coming from the roof above 120 km/h. It comes from the negative pressure and is natural for all sunroofs but the sheer size of the targa opening makes it more noticable.

    If you have (older) kids, they can't sit in the back anymore with the roof open.

    If you are very tall, you have more headroom (when the roof is closed) and less when its open (doesn't slide back all the way so you could hit the back of your head.

     

     

     

     


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    997 GT2 (GT3 RS on order), 987 Boxster S PDK, Audi S5, KTM Superduke 990


    Re: Targa - Love or Hate?

    Very true OAB, I forgot about the rear hatch. Very nice indeed and so practical if you want to use the rear seats as luggage space.

    One more thing: the opening mechanism makes the roof edge rather big. You have to mind your head, especially when getting out of the car.


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    The secret of life is to admire without desiring.


     
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