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    The brand values of Ferrari and Porsche are models like the California T and 911 Targa 4S 991-series enhanced. Wider drawn. And how!

    Such a Porsche 911 Targa was then determined no oogstreler. That crazy high roof with flat or centerpiece. And those moments' Targa' bracket, far too wide and too high. Moreover, such a removable roof panel raised the suggestion of releasing and cumbersome storage thunder that distracted from the essence of around 911. That being the sharpest and most aggressive German sports car. The Targa seemed therefore particularly one for poseurs and suntan lotion types. But perhaps the worst: police chose this Porsche. Equipped with fluorinated surfaces, flashing lights, sirens and megaphones, and indeed officials clownish pothelmpjes, they were provided on the friends of power and speed. No, a Porsche Targa could only with the greatest skepticism and reluctance to be viewed. In 1989 he disappeared.

    But then, so many years later, this new 911 Targa 4S. Low, wide ultra extended, and thanks to a much lower C-pillar also a much lower roofline with minimalist panorama cut diamond. A beast of a Porsche. Frankly ultimate Porsche beast. Here too in Exclusive Edition, with Gulf-blue paint, black semi-Fuchs wheels and distinctive fabric seat covers. Exactly what you do then, with your imagination as a weapon against the shame of what he was not, even though with pencil and paper made of. And behold, there he stands still. More beautiful and more brutal than you ever signed him.

    With a back that - world upside down - sure enough is better than that of the Coupé. You want him whatsoever. And nothing else. Those 140 kilos and those few extra horsepower less - what are we boxer with 400 horses on the way? - We send will benefit. And that compulsory four-wheel drive in the same way seen actually very rally racing sports. What an automobile!


    Something like 'converted keerds' the Ferrari California goes T. The type name 'California' debuted fifty-six years ago on a luxurious glamorous cabriolet based on the 250 SWB (Short Wheel Base) with front-mounted three-liter V12. He was reserved mainly for American clientele - read: Californian, Hollywood - who actually embraced the car. Of these, the witness now and then emerging ones that are invariably touted as ex-James Coburn 'or' ex-Sophia Loren.

    In 2008 the model name was once again on everyone's tongue when the new #Ferrari California at the #Paris-Motor-Show was introduced. No glamor model, but a compact coupé-cabriolet with motorized the front axle and a rear-mounted 4.3-liter V8, derived from the (just redeemed) '430'. A compact, classic and elegant appearance with an à la former California's semi-circular oval radiator grille, a slender nave and an uphill via a perky curve, massive tail party. Therein traditional dual round taillights, beneath just four modern stacked exhaust pipes. Ferrari wanted with this 2+2 California appeal to a wider audience, which is a success, as evidenced by high sales and the fact that seventy percent of the clientele appeared to be foreign brand. Half of the buyers revealed that Ferrari also put in daily.

    But from this model year is the Ferrari California nevertheless changed dramatically. A more dramatic nose party grille mouth and sharp spoiler lip, higher and higher into the front wings sweeping headlamp units, true ventilation grilles in the front fender sides, additional curved sill skirts under the doors and under the tail part of the aluminum partitions of a large diffuser. With aside two of them twice, now adjacent exhaust pipes. That simple 'T', however, suggests the most dramatic change, also causes other changes: the use of turbocharging. Two twin scroll variable boost exhaust gas turbines, one under each cylinder bank. The displacement of the V8 turns reduced to 3.9 liters, which also has to do with Asian markets that prohibit displacements of four liters or more or idiot burden. Nevertheless, there are no less than 70 horsepower and an almost unbelievable 270 Newton meters more at precisely 20% less CO2 emissions. A miracle. Despite all that anyway weather turbulence among car enthusiasts. "Even Ferrari is now on its knees with turbocharging 'and' farewell to a sharp and especially the real Ferrari sound." Laity talk. Everything is exactly the opposite.

    Grotesque SPECTACLE

    The Porsche Targa 4S is one of the current twenty variations on the theme of '911' and owes its existence as much to America. Namely the roll-over protection requirements that the debuting in the US in 1964 911 Coupé in any open design had to meet. Already in 1965 the Germans introduced the first Targa, including typical roll bar with and a rear section. In 1967 finally appeared the version with hard roof panel and fixed rear window. That 'Targa' (Italian for 'arms') Porsche actually took the Italian mountain Targa Florio race in Sicily with its numerous sharp curves, where the relatively small Porsches in all respects 'real' brands.

    Of unlocking, removable and "storage thunder 'absence at the Porsche 911 Targa 4S Exclusive Edition, nor in our Ferrari California T, with their automatic. A grotesque spectacle of themselves cascading, founding, then collapsing and finally roof panels. Sees California T in the closed position as an aggressive sports coupe, then he turns into fourteen seconds into a really gentle glamor convertible. The Porsche swaps in just twenty seconds of icy street fighter in a rugged Carrera Panamericana race car.

    Routing ACTION

    It must be said: Targa-driving is still the best way of open driving. The feeling of sporty security and protection enclosed (quite comfortable with 400bhp and a top speed of 294!), Also an appropriate kind of discretion, while in the meantime not perish from the din and your hair also not vertically sucked out of your skull. And yes: the 911 Targa 4S drives superior.

    Even though he weighs his roof and four-wheel drive so something more. And it was for that reason provide a more comfortable suspension. Nothing to criticize. The Porsche Targa is and remains a tough, stiff and fierce sports, whether or not through a button, by the way, also one of the most beautiful car sounds. The bright his boxer, with a center console button strengthen even for once again overwhelming Targa occur. He's no different than if four-wheel drive available. Under normal circumstances, however power to the rear wheels only when excessive use any surplus power optimally distributed under the direction of the Porsche Traction Management, the Porsche Stability Management oversees the handling. Now a 911 anyway a car that has been on the primary drive wheels resting motor weight optimal grip under sporting conditions. But the relatively light nose is high (cornering) speeds through the front wheels to auxiliary beautifully drawn in line. Ergo: there are extremely high cornering speeds. The Porsche incidentally feels obvious 'right' without much feedback, where you realize that the limit range might not be immediately noticeable. He has less power and torque than the Ferrari, but it absolutely does not feel that way. The 911 Targa, with its 400 horses atmospheric very fierce and very rampant hard to insane speeds accelerating sports car. Again via seven flashy PDK gear changes. You feel the grimace on your face, as 'bad' the excess, the explosions of power and speed. With that rock-hard six-cylinder boxer sound. Throughout your Targa arch.

    The Ferrari California T stores after pressing the red start button on the steering wheel with a raucous roar and walks hoarse booming stationary. On the center console another button, which "1" switches on and we just need to give gas to drive away. The engine blows overwhelming and the robotic bin flies straight through a gear or two, three. When lightning expired shift points. Seamless. And each followed by a greedy grab by. Manually via steering wheel paddles break is always possible leaving soon creates a very obvious mixed use. Naturally automatically switching if traffic is busy, and once the trail is open but equally, you are going pinball again. You're really "in" the Ferrari. Not only with the roof on it, but even open driving. How exposé you are. A clear sunken seating position in the 'Daytona' sport tubs, overlooking the high artistic and dashboard with its beautiful curving shapes and colorful instrumentation. The different Ferrari nameplates and prancing horses will make you 'in a Ferrari driving' realizes constantly happy.

    The California T runs effortlessly and comfortably. Calm, or torrid hard. No need or urge to turn into another driving mode via the Manettino. If you do this, and then you go to sports, then there will be a clear artificial nervousness and anguish on to possibly freer ESP. After which small cross jokes can be made. The surprising thing is that even in Sport California remains nicely to move several axes and you know exactly what kind of jokes.

    JUST '320'

    The acceleration of the California T is moreover nothing less than sensational. With right merciless Newton meter-waves that are the result of a deliberate phased torque due to the exhaust gas turbines. Building in the first three 'sprint'-speeds up to 555 Newton meters torque for optimal (off) acceleration, while that flock each successive acceleration with jumps of 20 and 50 percent increases to finally that record high 755 Newton meters at' 7 '. Which incidentally had a longer transmission. The philosophy behind this is, according to Ferrari expressly multiple. Firstly, the initial acceleration are continuous, while at higher speeds more torque becomes available as rolling and air resistance increases exponentially. Meanwhile, in the highest gear also mentions the minimum speed and thus lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions. You can tell them what you want, for example, that you are not in a Ferrari waiting for this kind of castration, but there is been a highly technical race system with ditto effect. The harder you ride with California T, the more dramatic the increase of forces is palpable. Especially in '6' and more in '7' on the way to and at high speeds. There is no kind of compromise palpable. On the contrary. Realize also that this "cheapest and least powerful Ferrari because of a simply tapping on top of '320' is one of the fastest cars in the world.

    Because of its power curve, the outstanding precision - electrically assisted - control and the well palpable chassis Ferrari let them ride perfect. A sports car that allows even opposite supercars can no longer be acted mercilessly. With all assistance systems off you'll California at its purest. Nothing helps. Literally not. But just then felt how good the set-up. A long time a lot of grip, even full of curves and insturend from accelerating, thanks to an electronic locking effect on the differential, which is just so cooperative in breaking that grip and making slides. The sound that makes up to speed hunted biturbo V8 with its flat-plane crankshaft, a hard pruning wail. So that you're almost embarrassed.


    Notwithstanding the justifiable elation about the Ferrari is hard going in the Porsche Targa 4S still a much purer emotion. No turbos, no torque wave, no manettino's, and maybe not the emotional burden of the Ferrari-driving. It is boarding behind a black dashboard, in addition to your high and wide center console with intuitive to find buttons and controls. All in the same color and style, and thick Germanic quality. And for the rest, going with the Targa. The Porsche has a robotic-system who does everything, and thereby sounds like a racing car. With cornering thanks to the variable-wheel-drive-footed handling. In terms of border reach you, until maybe once a track day, but just blindly rely on the handling systems.

    The speed sensation can actually come for nothing. We rode the California and the Targa also side by side, up and in. Of course the Ferrari ran with its surplus power bit. But it's not much. Not so much that it does not 'make adjustments' would be. Here, too, will be able to provide a circuit day outcome. But applies to everything: and so what?

    The Porsche Targa 4S and the Ferrari California T are precisely what they are not, clear statements. Not necessarily the biggest, strongest and most expensive within the range of their creators, but meanwhile formidable useful machines. Each also their unique way of metamorphosis. Perhaps the most beautiful side of the same. They are, in effect, 'money launderers' of intensive racing that both sports racing car factories are guilty, but that they deserve through these types of cars. And owe their existence.

    Must still be said which of the two we prefer? The Porsche Targa naturally. Laundering of personal passion.


    Engine rear-mounted 3.8 liter six-cylinder boxer 400bhp / 294 kW DIN at 7400 rpm, 440 Nm at 5600 rpm
    Transmission Robot seven-speed PDK gearbox with two-plate clutch, variable all-wheel drive through Porsche Traction Management
    Dimensions in cm 449 x 185 x 129
    Wheelbase in cm 245
    Weight in kg in 1575
    0-62MPH sec. 4.6
    Top 294kph
    Consumption in l / 100 km 9.2
    CO2 emissions in g / km 214
    Price in Euro 164 475
    Price test car in Euro 226 667
    Options test car include Exclusive Edition Package Gulf-blue paint, adaptive sports seats 'Plus' with 'Pepita' leather finish, LED headlamps with black reflectors and Porsche Dynamic Light System, sport exhaust, Sport Chrono Package Plus


    Front mounted engine 3.9-liter V8 biturbo, 560bhp / 412 kW at 7,500rpm, 755 Nm at 4750 rpm
    Transmission Robot, mechanical seven-speed F1 gearbox with two-plate clutch, rear-wheel drive
    Dimensions in cm 457 x 191 x 132 cm
    Wheelbase 267 in
    Weight in kg in 1625
    0-62MPH sec. 3.6
    Max speed 316KPH
    Fuel consumption in litres / 100km 10.5
    km CO2 emissions in g / km 250
    Price in Euro from 223,523
    Price test car in Euro 265,309
    Options test car includes' MagneRide Dual Mode 'wheel suspension, 20-inch wheels with Diamond Sport Style Finish, two-tone exterior color, Scuderia Ferrari logo shields "Daytona style 'electrically adjustable comfort seats.