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The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 is indecisive in the best way possible

The new Porsche 911 Targa 4 is indecisive in the best way possible

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Like basically every version of the Porsche 911, the 911 Targa is an icon; it's instantly recognizable for its removable roof that rests somewhere between the hardtop and the full-on cabriolet. It's the 911 for the indecisive, basically — indecisive in the best way possible.

When the Targa was last refreshed a couple years ago, it was a seminal moment in the classic sports car's history: Porsche had brought back the wide, silver bar wrapping around the cockpit that gave classic Targas their signature look starting in the late ’60s. Now, there's another refresh to match the new Carrera hardtop introduced a couple months ago. The biggest change is the switchover to turbocharged engines; if you select the Targa 4, you'll get 370 horsepower, and if you pick the 4S, you'll get 420. As the "4" in the name implies, both versions are all-wheel-drive. (That might be an odd choice for a car with a removable top, which is more likely to be purchased in a warm climate — but Porsche notes that the AWD version of the Carrera is quicker than the RWD version for the first time ever.)

We had a chance to see the new Targa 4 up close at the LA Auto Show this week, and it probably comes as no surprised that it's still a 911 through and through (you just can't change the look of the 911 that much, considering its 50-year history). But it's an instant classic, it's beautiful, and we'll definitely take two.