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2014-03-04 12:18

NEW PORSCHE MODELS: The Porsche 919 Hybrid is being unveiled at the 2014 Geneva auto show along with the Macan and the 911 Targa. Image: Newspress

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  • Premiere of 919 Hybrid LMP1 and 911 RSR
  • European debut for Macan sports utility vehicle
  • European debut for 911 Targa coupe
  • Cars in Porsche Centres from  May 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland -  Porsche is putting the emphasis at the 2014 Geneva auto show on its return to the highest level of international sports car racing.

The Porsche 919 Hybrid will race in  LMP1 category of the World Endurance championship in 2014, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans the highlight of the season.

The new efficiency-based regulations of the series stipulate innovative hybrid drives; the 919 Hybrid can be regarded as a research laboratory for future Porsche production vehicles.

NEW MODELS

The LMP1 race car will be flanked on the stage in Geneva by the Porsche 911 RSR which will also be racing in all eight rounds of the WEC this season but in the GT category.

The Macan compact SUV was shown in November 2013 at the Los Angeles auto show; now Porsche is presenting the S diesel model to the public for the first time in Geneva.

Porsche said the Macan S diesel features a turbocharged 192kW engine with PDK transmission and lines up alongside the two petrol models, the 254kW 3.0-litre V6 Macan S and 298kW 3.6-litre V6 Macan Turbo. Active all-wheel drive with traction control is standard on all models.

The 911 Targa is also celebrating its European debut. Porsche said the styling cues of this new model pay homage to the original 911 Targa design from the 1960's. It has an innovative electric folding centre roof section and curved rear glass.

 It features an innovative electric folding centre roof section, and curved glass rear window.

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