Critics sometimes fall over the fact that the different generations 911’s are very similar. But that’s what you get when a design turns out to be very strong. The 997.2 is a cautious evolution of the 997 MK1 and a brilliant further development of its former predecessors: the 996, 993, 964 and so on. An important difference with the two most recent predecessors is that the 997 as Targa doesn’t lag behind the Coupé in looks. The other 2 Targa’s with panoramic sliding roof looked less powerful to me, while the models were a successful alternative with their characteristic roll bars.
The nice thing about this Targa 4S is that the black paint contrasts beautifully with the chrome on top of the side windows. This is an MK2, so that means LED lights in both the rear lights and the units in the front bumper, directly under the round ones. The extended wheel arches are well filled with spacers between the original double 5-spoke Porsche star design wheels. The red light bar connecting both rear lights is typical 4S and also the 4 exhaust end pieces give this Elfer extra optical power.
The 911 Targa 4S is richly upholstered in black leather on, among other things, the (optional!) 18-way adjustable comfort seats that can also be heated and have a ventilation function. The latter doesn’t appear to be a superfluous luxury, because partly thanks to the Sport Chrono Plus package it still sometimes gets ‘hot’. Things like navigation, iPod connection, parking sensors and rotating headlights can also be ticked off.
If you push this 997 to the limit, you’ll immediately get the stamp of a typical Porsche driver. Literally, because the headrests contain the legendary Porsche weapon. The Bose audio system sounds just as good as the fact that uninvited guests are deterred with an SCM approved (4 December 2019) alarm system including Track & Trace.
Speaking of good sound: the 3.8 litre 6-cylinder boxer engine (non-turbo!) delivers 385 lively horsepower and sounds old-fashioned tasty. The 997.2 thrusts up to 297 km/h and, in combination with PDK, takes no more than 4.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standstill, with the roof either closed or open!
Points of attention: some traces of use associated with mileage
Inspection: any inspection and/or test permitted
Indoor/outdoor aut. dimming and rain sensor
Electrically adjustable seat(s) with memory
Sports Chrono package
Airbag(s) head for
Airbag(s) side for
Alarm class 3
Aluminium interior finishing
Anti Blocking System
Tyre Pressure Monitoring System
Exterior mirrors electrically adjustable and heatable
Central door locking with remote control
Electronic climate control
Electric windows for
Electrically variable shock absorber adjustment
Electrically adjustable front seat(s)
Leather sports seats
Leather steering wheel
Light-alloy wheels 19″
Navigation system full map + hard disk
Rear parking sensor
Sport steering wheel
Power steering speed dependent
Steering wheel heated
Vehicle tracking system
Front seats heated