911 Speedster

- 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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