The 911 design hasn't changed much over the years, there's no real debate over that, besides an ill-fated move to different lights with the 996 (cruelly nicknamed the "fried egg" by some). Porsche knows not to fiddle too much with a winning design. It's the little things that have changed over the years. The headlights are now more oval-shaped than round, and feature four pinprick lights in a square (aping the design of the 919 racer). At the back, the full-width rear lighting that left us with the still much-loved 993 has returned, and it looks great on our black car, with black wheels. That ballooning glass canopy at the back brings light into the cabin and hides the more volumous rear, which the mechanics of the Targa-top require. Inside it is true Porsche: pretty minimalist, but still beautifully designed. The dials are traditionally analogue, and the red leather is toned down rather than shouty, suiting it rather than overpowering the driver. That Targa-top is a work of mastery, folding away into a seemingly magic abyss in the rear and completely unnoticeable from the inside when it's up. You absolutely would not know this car had a removable roof, there is that little extra wind noise.
All 911 Targas now come with power sent to every wheel as standard, which may not appeal to purists, and from a design point of view means it's wide. We're not talking wide in an "oh my god how will I get through this village" sense, we mean wide in the sense of flared arches, muscular shoulders and lines that add something extra to that unmistakable 911 silhouette. Oh, and it's got center-lock wheels. What's not to love about that?