Highlights from your Porsche correspondence via email, social media and Total911.com
I’ve followed development of the new Speedster very closely after your excellent tip-off back in 2015 that the model was likely to be built (Total 911 issue 127). I have had a letter of intent sitting with my dealer ever since. Your reporting on the car has so far been accurate as Porsche’s open-topped beauty has been coaxed off the development floor and into the public eye. This weekend I got to see the car in the metal for the first time after a run up the hill as well as on the stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
I personally think the car looks great and for me is a return to form after the 997, which didn’t quite hit the spot in being true to the Speedster’s routes. What I don’t understand is why the car has been revealed as a ‘concept’. Everybody knew the car was coming this year – it has been the worstkept secret since, well, the last new model, in this case the GT3 RS – yet nobody, even yourselves, intimated anything about the car being a concept. Do you know why this is?
I spoke with several Porsche representatives at Goodwood but nobody was able to give me a direct answer, though I did learn that some design elements won’t make final production. Porsche says it ‘could’ build the car, while others including yourselves say 1,948 will be built, and they are all spoken for. What’s the official line, please? Jacob Bennett porsche has always fully intended to build its Speedster, so the idea it is ‘considering a production build’ is mere marketing spin. according to some wellplaced sources, the reason porsche hasn’t yet released the car for production is it doesn’t currently have the capacity to build any, let alone the quoted 1,948 models. this would make sense, seeing as the 991.2 Gt3 rs too has seen delays to build times due to supply issues.
no matter, you can expect the Speedster to be launched in due time, though don’t expect to see the contrast-coloured front pu as on the current concept.