The sleek open-top Porsche 911 Speedster gets a mid-year production launch, bringing the 1,948 unit limited edition neo-classic sportscar closer to reality.
The latest model is a straight lift from the Speedster concept, though unlike the concept the production model sports a minimalistic fabric roof that should prove adequate for most occasions. Powered by a high-revving four-litre naturally aspirated engine that delivers 510hp and comes only with a six-speed manual gearbox.
While the Speedster has been a regular model in the lineup over the years, this model is meant to connect to the granddaddy of them all, the original 356 Speedster. This is shown in the sleeker, lower lines, the choice of 1,948 units as the run (harking to the 1948 origin) and to embellish that further the limited run gets an even smaller exclusive offering of the Heritage Design Package that visually connects the Speedster back to 1948, both inside and out.
However the carbon-fibre composite double bubble streamliners are common throughout, as is the mechanism by which the streamliner slides back to allow the roof to fold away. Other carbon-fibre composite structures include the bonnet, wings and various aero elements. Instead of the Talbot mirrors used on the concept vehicle, the production version of the new Speedster features electrically adjustable Sport Design exterior mirrors.
The engine is derived from the 911 GT3 – a naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine of 4.0-litre volume and with a high power delivery peak of 8,400rpm in the 9,000rpm engine limit. Torque peaks out at 470Nm at 4,250rpm.
With its sporty rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts, the chassis is based on the technology of the 911 GT3 and 911 R. Control systems, such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and PASM with sports tuning and the ability to lower the vehicle by 25 millimetres, have been precisely adapted to the new requirements. The open-top two-seater runs on 20-inch forged Speedster alloy wheels with central locks. The standard equipment includes Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), with internally vented and perforated ceramic composite brake discs.