PORSCHE CON­FIRMS NEWSPEEDSTER

Goes on sale in 2019, 4.0-litre engine likely

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Porsche has con­firmed the 911 Speed­ster con­cept, first shown in June, is to go for pro­duc­tion early in 2019. Fully 1948 units of the open-top model will be made. Porsche says that num­ber was cho­sen to com­mem­o­rate the Porsche 356 “Num­ber 1” that re­ceived its op­er­at­ing li­cense on June 8th, 1948.

The up­dated car you see here was shown at the re­cent Paris mo­tor show and it re­mains a con­cept, of­fi­cially. For the record, this new con­cept adopts Guards Red paint in what Porsche says is an homage to the G Series Speed­ster, along with a new set of cross-spoke 21-inch wheels. The fi­nal form of the pro­duc­tion ver­sion has yet to be seen and it’s ex­pected that not all el­e­ments of the con­cept cars seen thus far will sur­vive the tran­si­tion.

The new Speed­ster was de­vel­oped at Porsche Mo­tor­sport in Weis­sach in co­op­er­a­tion with Style Porsche and Porsche Ex­clu­sive Man­u­fak­tur and will be the first car to be of­fered with the new Her­itage De­sign Pack­ages. This ex­clu­sive ac­ces­sory line by Porsche Ex­clu­sive al­lows for an even higher de­gree of per­son­al­i­sa­tion for the 911.

All body com­po­nents as well as the en­tire tech­nol­ogy of both the 911 Speed­ster Con­cept cars are iden­ti­cal. This in­cludes the short­ened win­dow frames with their low­ered cowl top pan­els and the smaller side win­dows as well as the car­bon-fi­bre rear bon­net with the dou­ble-bub­ble cover be­hind the seats. The con­cept cars’ body is based on the 911 Car­rera 4 Cabri­o­let. The wings, as well as the front and rear bon­nets, are made from light­weight car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite. The chas­sis, mean­while, is largely taken from the cur­rent 911 GT3. Both cars come with a light­weight ton­neau cover, fit­ted by Te­nax but­tons. In other words, the Speed­ster con­cepts have no con­vert­ible soft tops.

Whether the fi­nal pro­duc­tion ver­sion will have a con­vert­ible top isn’t clear. The two ‘Tal­bot’-shaped ex­te­rior mir­rors as well as the fuel tank cap – cen­trally po­si­tioned on the bon­net – are fur­ther de­tails that may not make fi­nal pro­duc­tion. What we do think prob­a­bly will ap­pear in the fi­nal car, though this isn’t of­fi­cially con­firmed, is the con­cept’s pow­er­train.

That in­volves the GT3’S 4.0-litre nat­u­rally as­pi­rated flat six crank­ing in ex­cess of 500hp and a man­ual six-speed gearbox pro­vid­ing drive to the rear axle. Ques­tion marks re­main over Porsche’s abil­ity or will­ing­ness to ho­molo­gate the 4.0-litre engine un­der the new WLTP (World­wide har­monised Light ve­hi­cles Test Pro­ce­dure) emis­sions regime. Like­wise, it is as yet un­clear how much im­pact the in­tro­duc­tion of a petrol par­tic­u­late fil­ter, a mea­sure be­ing brought in par­al­lel with WLTP, will have on Porsche’s mo­tor­sport-de­rived nat­u­rally as­pi­rated engine. But Porsche’s em­pha­sis that the new con­cept re­tains the engine while con­firm­ing the car is go for pro­duc­tion is the first firm in­di­ca­tion that the engine can sur­vive in the post-wltp era. Pric­ing for the new Speed­ster has not been con­firmed.

Look­ing very much of its time and fit­tingly, for an ’80s ma­chine, in Guards Red, this DP Mo­tor­sport mod­i­fied Kre­mer 935 looka­like is go­ing up for auc­tion in late Novem­ber at His­torics’ Mercedes Benz World sale.

As is of­ten the way with low pro­duc­tion ma­chines from a pre dig­i­tal era, in­for­ma­tion is slightly spec­u­la­tive, al­though there’s no doubt­ing its DP Mo­tor­sport his­tory. It comes with a com­pre­hen­sive build sheet and is be­lieved to be the only RHD car pro­duced. As such it is be­lieved to have been used as a dis­play car by DP Mo­tor­sport’s UK agent, Roy Catlin, and was shown at the 1986 Earls Court Mo­tor Fair. Based on a 930 Turbo, DP Mo­torp­sort used Kre­mer de­signed pan­els from the orig­i­nal Kre­mer K3 935 racer, shed­ding 550kgs from the weight of a stan­dard 930 Turbo.

This par­tic­u­lar ex­am­ple fea­tures a 3.3-litre, flat-six turbo with com­pe­ti­tion heads, camshafts and pol­ished parts, stain­less steel in­ter­cooler and oil cooler. With vari­able boost con­trol it pro­duces be­tween 400bhp and 440bhp. The gearbox is a close ra­tio four-speed and DP Mo­tor­sport 15in, five spoke comp wheels cover 930 Turbo vented discs. It still wears its pe­riod Pirelli P7 tyres.

In­te­rior wise it fea­tures fully elec­tric leather seats and nu­mer­ous other lux­u­ri­ous niceties and, with just 23,500-miles on the clock, is de­scribed as be­ing in “mint” con­di­tion. Fancy it? Well it’s cer­tainly an in­ter­est­ing cu­rio and would turn heads. Value? His­torics reckon be­tween £145,000–£170,000, but it only takes two de­ter­mined bid­ders to drive it along.

The His­torics sale is at Mercedes World on Novem­ber 24th. For the on­line cat­a­logue and full de­tails go to: his­torics.co.uk

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