2014 Porsche 911 Targa with roof openingPorsche has proven adept at making sure there is a version of its venerable 911 for practically any wealthy driver's desires. If you just want a great all-rounder then buy a standard 911; open-air driving, then the Cabriolet is for you, and if you need a compromise between them, there is even the new 911 Targa.

Gossip earlier this week surfaced on various websites that at next week's Geneva Motor Show, Porsche had designs on introducing an even higher-performance Targa variant, a Targa Turbo. The rumored mashup would combine the wide body from the 911 Turbo with the super-complicated power roof from the Targa (see right). Assuming no changes in power, that would mean 520 horsepower or even 560 hp in a Targa Turbo S model. Unfortunately, we're hearing that this tasty bit of scuttlebutt is incorrect. Autoblog asked Nick Twork, Porsche North America Product Communications Manager, about the rumor, and his response couldn't have been clearer: "Totally false."

Twork did elaborate that company will be "debuting the Porsche 919 Hybrid, our new LMP1 race car" at the Swiss show, and Stuttgart has also announced this morning that will show its 911 RSR racecar, too – either of which we reckon is a lot more exciting than another Targa variant.

Of course, even assuming our man Twork is right, this doesn't mean that Porsche won't eventually produce forced-induction Targa models – it just means we won't see one in Switzerland.
Show full PR text
Mission 2014 - Our Return: World Debut of the 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR

Stuttgart/Atlanta. At this year's Geneva Motor Show Porsche is hailing its return to the top tier of sports car racing by rolling out the new Porsche 919 Hybrid for the LMP1 category of the sports car World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2014, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans as the undisputed climax of the season. The new efficiency-based regulations of the WEC stipulate innovative hybrid drives. The 919 Hybrid can therefore be regarded as a research laboratory for the technology of future production vehicles. The innovative prototype will be flanked on the stage in Geneva by the Porsche 911 RSR, as it will on the grid of all eight WEC races in eight countries across four continents. In addition, the 911 RSR will race in the North American TUDOR United Sports Car Championship where it began the motorsports season with a victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The press conference premiere will take place on March 4, 2014 at 8:20 CET at the Porsche stand, GENEVA PALEXPO, Hall 1. The conference will also be broadcast live on the Internet (http://www.porsche.com/mission2014).

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      Bertha Menacho
      • 9 Months Ago
      It always humors me when people make negative comments about the Porsche 911 and have likely never driven one. It is and will always remain an iconic car....take your negative comments elsewhere...
      • 9 Months Ago
      I hate this thing. It's a faux targa. Why is it so difficult to make a traditional targa with a lightweight panel that you remove with your friggin' hands? All this system does is add weight and complexity.
        • 9 Months Ago
        I agree with you... It's becasue people are lazy and can't be bothered anymore. They would love to show-off that complex folding roof rather than getting their hands dirty. It's also perfect for posing....I imagine Porsche also did this because you can never predict the weather.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Another frog faced over priced 911 variant with the engine hanging behind the rear axle. The most overhyped car in history which owes most of its sales to people who drive it like a commuter and wouldn't know what to do with it if the rear end bit them in their arse.
        • 9 Months Ago
        Right. The winningest road car in the history of auto racing, and one of the most popular cars in the track driving community because of its durability, and yes, because of love for its rear engined dynamics which bring benefits in areas like braking and corner exit traction. Troll away Zaki
      • 9 Months Ago
      They're not doing much to get rid of the Beetle stereotype.
      • 9 Months Ago
      Excited to see the 919 but the 911 RSR has already been seen racing and winning. Why is it news to see it in geneva?