2007 911 Targa 4S
Cedar Rapids, IA
2 months ago
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 standard Carrera’s.
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 $95,900.
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