Stuttgart knows how to party

How did you cel­e­brate your birth­day? A lim­ited edi­tion car? No? Why not?

Top Gear (Malaysia) - - The Ten -

This is the Porsche 911 Speed­ster Con­cept, built to cel­e­brate 70 years of Porsche sports cars.

The body comes from the

Car­rera 4 Cabri­o­let, with a short, steeply raked wind­screen, car­bon-fi­bre wings and bon­net, cut-down side win­dows and a spe­cial ‘dou­ble-bub­ble’ rear cover in car­bon fi­bre.

A light­weight ton­neau cover pro­tects the in­te­rior, which is trimmed in ‘Co­gnac 356’ leather. You sit in car­bon-fi­bre buck­ets and have noth­ing to lis­ten to but the en­gine, as the ra­dio, nav­i­ga­tion and air-con­di­tion­ing sys­tems have all been re­moved to save weight. The wheels are Fuchs-style 21s with cen­tre-locks and the “chas­sis es­sen­tially comes from the 911 GT3”. Porsche says the en­gine – surely the 4.0-litre from the GT3 – makes “over 500bhp and reaches speeds of up to 9,000rpm” and is mated to a six-speed man­ual gear­box.

The ‘Tal­bot-shaped’ mir­rors, cen­tral fuel-filler cap, sil­ver/white paint­work and cross-pat­terned head­lights (the lenses are de­signed to look like they’ve been taped) all hark back to Speed­sters of Porsche’s past.

Given the pop­u­lar­ity of its lim­ited-run cars like the 911 R, we’re in zero doubt Porsche could sell ev­ery one of these Speed­sters 10 times over, how­ever many it builds, and for how­ever much it de­cides to charge. Then the peo­ple who bought them will re­sell them at a vast profit, be­cause of course they will. TOM HAR­RI­SON

Porsche claims it’s a con­cept, but we all know it’ll go on sale.Money, money, money

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