The motoring world knows well that Porsche sports cars do not change, they evolve. Each model is more exciting than the last and in a morass of mainstream mediocrity this is to be welcomed. So, with a fanfare of trumpets we greet the 911 Speedster, the Porsche you always really wanted. The car was developed at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach in cooperation with Style Porsche and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
Pictured here in concept form, the latest news is that this car will be produced as a limited special edition to celebrate the brand’s 70th birthday. The German company has decided to start producing this purist-oriented Speedster during the first half of 2019. Exactly 1,948 units of the open-top two-seater will be built. Do you see what they did there?
Yes, they’ve harked back to the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that made its debut back in 1948. At the Paris Motor Show this year Porsche presented this second Speedster Concept study and the final result is likely to be more or less as shown. The new twenty-one inch centre-lock wheels in cross spoke design and the black leather interior, partly-perforated and augmented with red highlights, create a tasteful and sporty appearance. Any car enthusiast will ache to get behind that steering wheel as this particular dream becomes a reality.
The future 911 Speedster is based on the 991 range and will be the first car to be offered with the proposed new Heritage Design Packages. This desirable accessory line by Porsche Exclusive allows for an even higher degree of personalisation for the 911 in future.
The Final Result?
In addition to the eye-catching red paintwork, those 21” cross-spoke wheels are similar to that of Porsche racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the GT3 R. The tinted day-time running lights were also inspired by racing. Matching the vehicle’s paintwork, they are kept in red. Two “Talbot”-shaped exterior mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap – centrally positioned on the bonnet – shine in black-chrome and platinum. The shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows complement the carbon-fibre rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Naturally, as would be expected on a Speedster, the car comes with a lightweight Tonneau cover, secured with Tenax buttons, instead of the more usual convertible soft top.
The Speedster’s body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The bumpers, as well as the front and rear bonnets, are made from lightweight carbon fibre composite while the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3. Furthermore, the GT development department provided the exhaust system with its titanium tailpipes and the drivetrain, including the manually operated six-speed gearbox.
Leaving the most important component until last, the Speedster is powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing more than 500hp and capable of engine speeds up to 9,000rpm. As Porsche fans know, the sound of the flat-six at full chat is like music to the ears. Inevitably, unless you are both wealthy and fast-moving, this limited edition motor will sell out more or less instantly. The alternative is to perhaps seek it out at a prestige supercar rental. At least that way this 21st Century nod to to a glorious heritage could be experienced.