Porsche’s 70th birth­day Speed­ster

The cur­rent-gen­er­a­tion Porsche 911 is set to bow out with this retro-li­cious Speed­ster con­cept

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PORSCHE IS JUST WEEKS away from un­veil­ing the next-gen­er­a­tion 911, co­de­named 992 – but be­fore that hits the show­rooms you can ex­pect one fi­nal flour­ish from the cur­rent 991-gen car. It will be closely based on this Speed­ster con­cept, un­veiled at Porsche’s 70th an­niver­sary bash at Zuf­fen­hausen and then shown at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed.

Of­fi­cially, no de­ci­sion has yet been made on whether or not it will go into lim­ited pro­duc­tion, but it’s clearly ready to get some num­ber­plates screwed on in place of that el­e­gant gold ‘Con­cept’ script.

It joins a long line of Porsche Speed­sters, united by a short, sharply in­clined wind­screen and lowslung pro­file. There’s no roof, just a ton­neau cover that can clip over the parked car’s cock­pit to keep the rain off that lovely brown uphol­stery. Be­hind the seats there’s a trans­par­ent wind de­flec­tor en­graved with a ‘70 years of Porsche’ logo and a car­bon­fi­bre dou­ble-bub­ble cover for the rollover bars. Car­bon­fi­bre is also used for the front bon­net and wings. There’s a neat retro fuel filler cap in the cen­tre of the front bon­net, and bul­let-style door mir­rors.

The in­te­rior’s ad­her­ence to that light­weight ethos sees the sat-nav, au­dio and air-con re­moved, al­though you can ex­pect those to reap­pear – per­haps as op­tions – in the pro­duc­tion car. The seats are car­bon­fi­bre.

The broad body is bor­rowed from the 911 Car­rera 4 Cabri­o­let, but painted in sil­ver and white to echo early Porsche rac­ing cars. The head­lights too join the fancy dress party with a cross pat­tern that apes the tape used on pe­riod race­car head­lights. The 21-inch wheels are a fa­mil­iar Fuchs de­sign, but fin­ished for the first time with cen­tre locks.

Un­der the skin there’s a 911 GT3 chas­sis. Porsche isn’t giv­ing any de­tails about the en­gine, be­yond say­ing that it’s a 500bhp+ flat-six with a six-speed man­ual gear­box and ti­ta­nium tailpipes. It revs to 9000rpm, im­ply­ing a 4.0-litre unit closely re­lated to that of the 991.2 GT3 – happy days.

BLAST FROM THE PAST Wind de lec­tor between car­bon ibre bub­bles is en­graved with a ‘70 yearsof Porsche’ logo

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