Few examples of aftermarket tuning attain this level of perfection.
Ares Design is an aftermarket design company that caters exclusively to the extremely wealthy. Based in Modena and surrounded by the most famous brands in supercar history, it uses CAD designs, carbon fiber ovens, a paint shop, artisan leather works, and just about everything else you can think of to create expensive and exclusive machines.
Their latest design has just been released, and this time it's a one-off project based on the Porsche 911 Targa. It makes the De Tomaso Pantera homage it started manufacturing last year as common as a Toyota Camry.
Its latest project is called the Porsche 911 992 Targa by Ares.
The 992 Targa by Ares comes with a carbon fiber aerodynamic kit, which increases the width by 3.1 inches in the front and 1.6 inches in the rear. This gives the Ares Targa a more assertive stance compared to the standard car, with credit for the design going to the Modenese Centro Stile.
The interior has been refurbished entirely using high-quality leather in a tan color. Porsche's standard features have been retained, and the material changes work well with the existing layout. Both front seats and the steering wheel feature the Ares logo.
Ares doesn't leave the Targa alone after merely updating the style though. The firm has extracted an additional 60 horsepower thanks to a new tune and has fitted a sports exhaust system for a unique sound. The Targa 4S didn't need more power to begin with, as the standard car's 3.0-liter twin-turbo flat-six produces 443 hp and 390 lb-ft, suitable for a 0-60 mph sprint time of 3.4 seconds.
This is Ares' first Porsche project in the last three years after the brand last tackled one in 2018 with the 991-gen 911 GT3.
The new Targa is a one-off project, most likely ordered by a customer. Ares is quite clear about its co-creation philosophy with its customers, allowing them to essentially design their car. This isn't always a good thing, as proved by the existence of the Ares X-Raid. If you want a better example of what Ares can do, might we suggest the Ares Design Wami Lalique Spyder, inspired by the gorgeous 1956 Maserati 2000 Spyder by Pietro Frua?