Porsche hints about Geneva reveal. GT3 or Targa?

McLaren, Ferrari and Rolls-Royce all reveal major new cars at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.

What will be on Porsche’s stand?

UPDATE: It goes without saying of course that Porsche launched the GT3…

The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public next Thursday. But it kicks off on Tuesday with the first press day. The evening before, Porsche has promised to reveal an 'extremely exciting' new 911 model. What will it be?

The Geneva Motor Show opens to the public next Thursday but it kicks off on Tuesday for the press. At 7pm the evening before, Porsche will reveal an ‘extremely exciting’ new 911 model. What will it be?

The McLaren P1, Ferrari ‘F150 Project’, Rolls-Royce Wraith fastback coupe, Alfa Romeo 4C – and not least the Toyota FT86 convertible – all get well flagged debuts at next week’s Geneva Motor Show.

Porsche however is playing its cards close to its chest. We know the new 911 GT3 Cup race car will be on the stand. Since GT3 road cars have been papped virtually undisguised recently it’s natural to expect that will be Porsche’s mystery car.

But an intriguing exchange with Porsche GB today has us thinking maybe it won’t be…

On March 1, Porsche GB tweeted, ‘Geneva Motor Show next week, and Porsche will be showing not only the 911 GT3 Cup race car, but also an extremely exciting new 911 model…’

We asked if that meant the Targa? This morning a spokesman for the company replied, ‘I’m afraid I can’t possibly tell you… yet. All will be revealed here on Monday around 7pm!’

Driveeurope hasn't had the pleasure of a 911 Targa yet, but tours of Denmark (pictured), Sweden, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia - and all the countries in between - convince us the Targa is the one to have

DriveEurope hasn’t had the pleasure of a 911 Targa yet. But tours of Denmark (pictured), Sweden, Italy, Hungary and Slovenia in a humble Carrera 2 convince us the Targa is the one to have.

It may be a terminal case of wishful thinking on our part. The Targa is DriveEurope’s official ‘European Touring Car Champion’, the ideal car to take on holiday.

Grace, space, pace, noise and the wind in your hair!

With standard four wheel drive the 911 Targa is the ultimate go anywhere, do anything car.

Where the latest car lost out because of a too-close association with the convertible, the new one harks back to a time when the word Targa was as much part of the 911 myth as Carrera, Turbo and GT3 are today.

If the spy photos are to be believed, instead of a sliding glass roof the new model reverts to the classic stainless steel rollover hoop and a removable – proper targa – roof panel.

That worries us a bit. Where does the roof go? Will it impinge on the 911’s legendary practicality?

We’ll have to wait and see.

Meanwhile, Monday evening sees DriveEurope elsewhere. We’ve already accepted an invitation to preview the new Cayman at our local Porsche dealer. It starts at 7pm. How are we going to cope?

For more on the Geneva Motor show see www.salon-auto.ch.

To tune into Porsche’s 911 Twitter reveal see @PorscheGB_PR.

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