Day On The Lake With A Targa 4S

  1. Morning Light
  2. The Vibe Within
  3. Forever Porsche
1. Morning Light
Cold, yet sunny. You know the type of morning we’re talking about, the ones that look like spring, but feel like winter. No problem though, there would be plenty of warmth to go around, soon enough. Lucky enough to spend the day with a unique car, in a cozy, isolated location, that’s more or less our idea of a proper photoshoot.
I’ve always believed there was something poetic about lakes, the way they stand still and emanate a state of calm, running deep and saying nothing. The quiet around them needed to be respected, so no loud revs for today’s story, no drifts, no aggressive braking, just a peaceful photo session, while admiring both the car, as well as the scenery.
“Well then, where’s the fun in that?” you might ask. The intrinsic purpose of a sports car is to enjoy it. It is built and meant for fun activities, such as speed, the occasional tail wiggle, and racing through curves at speeds that are unfamiliar to all other vehicles. But for this time, we chose a different path and tried to rejoice the car in another way.
2. The Vibe Within
Upon gazing at the 992 Targa 4S, you get a strange feeling, seeing it’s such a rare car to be found, especially in Romania. Out here, almost everyone goes for the classic 911 models or the Cayman/Cayenne/Panamera. The Targa is not the first choice, not by far, and I really can’t understand why. It’s an amazing machine and boy, does that special color look good on it.
Although the Targa and the Targa 4S share the same technology as the Carrera 4 and the Carrera 4S, the engine feels quite different in the Targa models. They’re powered by the same 3-litre twin-turbo inline-six engine, producing 380 hp and 450 Nm in the Targa, while the Targa 4S boosts 444 hp and 530 Nm. However, the manual gearbox is optional.
Although it is a pinnacle of technological achievements, the “little frog” has not lost any bit of its soul. It’s still a proper Porsche and, with the wing up, it does look silly enough to remind us that this is, at the end of the day, a small sports cabriolet, destined to take two people on adventures and fun times.
3. Forever Porsche
Upon growing up, kids everywhere adore Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, or McLaren. Porsche is not their first choice when they’re asked about their dream car. However, as the years pass, people start to realize what this amazing company has been doing, for so many decades now. Porsche does not sell just cars, they sell a history, a concept, a way of thinking, if you may. And how do they do that? The recipe is simple: a timeless design, an iconic heritage, and good, very good, close to perfect, sports cars. Not to mention that they’re still the most affordable in that market segment.
The fact that the Targa 4S is such a rare sight made our time worthwhile, perhaps more than any media project we did so far. Because the more you looked at it, analyzed it, and tried to understand it, the better the car got. It’s simple enough to just get in and drive, yet complex enough to stay ahead of the tech game, which everyone is playing right now.
The unmistakable design reminds us that this is a Porsche, in and out. The fact that it’s not too shouty, too flashy, or too immature, reminds us of the strict German conduct when it comes to building supercars. Yet it’s still fun, still childish and still a wonderful sight, for any day, be it cold or warm, on the lakeshore or on an open highway. And, like all things hailing from the Stuttgart powerhouse, you have the certainty to have bought an impressively good vehicle and a part of automotive history.
Words by Mihai Dumitrescu - Instagram
Photos by Ana Dumitrescu - Instagram