There seems no end in sight to the variations Porsche is prepared to launch of its venerable 911. And now in the run up to the Paris Auto Salon Porsche will launch their new 911 Speedster – the first of its kind since the 964 Speedster of 1994.
Paying homage to the 356 Speedster, the first Porsche model that originally bore the name Speedster, the production run for the new model is limited to 356 cars.
The two-seater is significantly different from the other members of the 911 family. In the best tradition, the 60 millimetre lower, more raked windscreen, the flat contour of the sporty-look manual hood, and the characteristic double-bubble hardcover for the soft top define the striking profile of the new 911 Speedster. This makes the body of this rear-wheel drive with its 44 millimetre wider rear stand out even more.
Following the announcement last week of the Carrera GTS, Porsche’s new Speedster employs the same 3.8-litre flat six powerplant producing 402 bhp, 23 bhp more than the 911 Carrera S, combined with Porsche’s seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission.
Porsche claims that the new Speedster is no less efficient than the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet without Powerkit, with its average consumption of 27.43 mpg (10.3 litres/100 km). The Speedster comes highly specced as standard, with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) plus improved rollover protection compared to other open-top Porsche sportscars.[blockquote type=”blockquote_quotes” align=”left”]…the 911 Speedster features almost all optional equipment available for the 911 series.[/blockquote]
Living up to the Porsche Exclusive standard, the 911 Speedster features almost all optional equipment of the 911 series and its appeal also comes from its meticulously hand-finished interior in black smooth-finish leather with numerous exterior colour painted details exclusive to the Speedster. These include decorative designs with checkerboard patterns in the seat centre section of the adaptive sports seats reminiscent of a chequered flag, and the leather side bolsters in the exterior colour.
The conception of the current Speedster comes from Porsche Exclusive – the company-owned “enhancer” specialising in individualisation of Porsche cars and small series. The 911 Speedster heralds the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive which will be celebrated in 2011, and once again, demonstrates the small-series competence of Porsche Exclusive after the big success of the 911 Sport Classic.
The sporty flavour is further enhanced by the exterior colour “Pure Blue” that has been developed exclusively for the Speedster, providing an intriguing contrast with the tinted front lights, black headlight rings, black windscreen surround and other black decorative designs. Upon request, the Speedster is available in Carrara White, at no extra cost. It also features a special front apron, specific sideskirts and a distinct rear apron.
In 1953, the Speedster series was launched with a puristic sports car based on the Porsche 356, which had two sports bucket seats, doors with slide-in plastic side windows, and a shortened, elegantly curved windscreen. In 1988, the Speedster based on the 911 Carrera celebrated its revival with an added feature. For the first time, the hood compartment lid had the characteristic double bubbles. In 1993/1994, the next evolutionary stage of the 911 Carrera was ushered in with yet another Speedster.
You’ve probably guessed by now that the new 911 Speedster is far from being an entry-level 911 – as a product of Porsche’s Exclusive Division and featuring almost ‘every’ option available for the 911 range, the Speedster will cost nearly ‘twice’ the price of a 911 GTS when it is launched in December 2010 – slotting in as the second most expensive 911 at a mere Euro 201,682 or in the region of £150,000.[styledbox type=”general” width=”600″ align=”center”]Watch the 911 Speedster video on SkiddPlayer[/styledbox]