911 Speed­ster

DRIV3R.world - - NEW CAR PREVIEW - Source: Porsche AG

The Porsche 911 Speed­ster com­bines the as­pi­ra­tion of a purist, driver-ori­ented plea­sure ve­hi­cle with mo­tor­sport tech­nol­ogy suit­able for ev­ery­day use.

A high-revving 375 kW, 4-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated boxer en­gine de­liv­ers an emo­tive sound ex­pe­ri­ence in the cock­pit. The six-speed GT trans­mis­sion is shifted man­u­ally. Vis­ually, the new Speed­ster es­tab­lishes a bridge to its own history, the 356 Road­ster from 1948.

Tak­ing cen­tre stage is the aes­thet­i­cally shaped con­vert­ible top com­part­ment lid with its dou­ble-bub­ble stream­lin­ers, a quin­tes­sen­tial fea­ture of this sports car type ever since the 911 Speed­ster from 1988.

The heart of the new Speed­ster is adopted from the 911 GT3. The nat­u­rally as­pi­rated six-cylin­der boxer en­gine with 4-litre dis­place­ment is a pure GT en­gine. The peak power of 375 kW is reached at 8,400 rpm, with the max­i­mum en­gine speed at 9,000 rpm. The en­gine de­liv­ers a max­i­mum torque of 470 Nm at 6,250 rpm. The new 911 Speed­ster ac­cel­er­ates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 sec­onds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h.

Light­weight de­sign also dic­tates other body com­po­nents of the Speed­ster. The car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite bon­net weighs in 2 kilo­grams lighter than on the 911 GT3, while the car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite wings orig­i­nate from the 911 R. The front apron was bor­rowed from the GT3, but the front spoiler lip is a com­pletely new de­vel­op­ment. In­stead of the Tal­bot mir­rors used on the con­cept ve­hi­cle, the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the new Speed­ster fea­tures elec­tri­cally ad­justable and heated Sport De­sign ex­te­rior mir­rors. The ex­tend­ing, aero­dy­nam­i­cally tuned rear spoiler and rear apron have been adopted from the 911 GT3 Tour­ing for the Speed­ster.

The in­te­rior is char­ac­terised by black leather el­e­ments for the side bol­sters and head re­straints of the car­bon­fi­bre com­pos­ite full-bucket seats, the arm­rests in the door trims and the short­ened gear lever. The cen­tre pan­els of the seats are up­hol­stered in per­fo­rated leather, the light­weight door pan­els with black door pulls and stowage nets re­duce the over­all weight.

Be­fit­ting its sta­tus as a driver’s car, Porsche only of­fers the 911 with a man­ual six-speed sports trans­mis­sion. It fea­tures an “auto-blip” func­tion which pre­cisely and in­de­pen­dently com­pen­sates dif­fer­ences in en­gine speed be­tween the gears when down­shift­ing through au­to­matic throt­tle blips.

The GT phi­los­o­phy be­hind the new Speed­ster is also re­flected in its chas­sis. With its sporty rear­axle steer­ing and dy­namic en­gine mounts, the chas­sis is based on the tech­nol­ogy of the 911 GT3 and 911 R. Con­trol sys­tems with sports tun­ing and 25-mil­lime­tre lower body 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 in­ter­nally vented and per­fo­rated ce­ramic com­pos­ite brake discs.

Porsche also op­tion­ally of­fers the new 911 Speed­ster with a Her­itage De­sign pack­age. This in­cludes the in­te­rior colour scheme in black and co­gnac with golden de­tails. Spe­cial “spears” paint­work in white for the front fas­cia and front wings is ap­plied to the ba­sic ve­hi­cle paint­work in GT Sil­ver Metal­lic. His­toric look­ing mo­tor sports de­cals for the doors and front lid com­plete the pack­age. Own­ers can se­lect their own max­i­mum two-digit start num­bers like shown in the pho­tos. The Porsche crests and the gold-coloured lo­gos cor­re­spond to the de­signs used in the 50s and 60s.

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