By James Bergeron
Day 1:

2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
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This is my second foray into the lush world of German sports cars, but the first time I get to spend the next 4 days living the life of someone with more money than I can imagine. Loaded up with a good number of the options from the Porsche catalogue, my Targa 4S test model is one extraordinary machine.

The weather turned for the worst today, which is a double edged sword for testing a vehicle of this nature. On one hand it is disappointing to not have the traction to test out the sheer braking and acceleration forces this vehicle can apply to your body. On the other hand, it allows me to test out the enhanced Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system without having to break the speed limit.

2007 Porsche 911 Targa 4S
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It certainly is difficult to say I do not like this vehicle — or even any single aspect of this vehicle — but I won’t lie that the lack of a third pedal to control the 3.8L engine hanging off the rear of this wide bodied 911 is a little disappointing. Porsche will sell many of these with automatic transmissions though, but as a $4,790 option, it is a pricey one.

The Targa top, for those not in the know, is a full glass roof that opens like a giant sunroof. There is a sunshade for those warm sunny days when you can’t bear to sit basking in the sun, scorching your dome. With the snow today I have obviously not had the chance to try out this Targa top. Hopefully I’ll get a chance before I return this vehicle.

Porsche customers do not tend to purchase the standard model of any vehicle and Porsche ensures the options lists are plentiful. With only the standard features, this vehicle starts at a hefty $133,200, while my test model goes well over $150,000 with options such as full leather interior, navigation, upgraded stereo and heated seats.

It should be a fun few days driving a vehicle that could be classified as an exotic. The wide fender flares on the Targa model certainly provide that exotic look and driving a Porsche in Ottawa in the winter certainly classifies it as a rare breed on the road.

2007 Porsche 911 Targa4S
MSRP as tested: $156,090

For more information on Porsche and the Targa4S visit Porsche Canada

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