Exclusive: Porsche 911 Targa Turbo for Geneva debunked, 919 Hybrid and 911 RSR racers coming instead

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Porsche 911 Targa

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.

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