Porsche goes back to the fu­ture

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

Nam­ing your model run af­ter the num­ber you are of­fer­ing is also awheel at Porsche.

The 911 is taken back to ba­sics with the Speed­ster, a two-seater “evok­ing the spirit” etc of the in­flu­en­tial 356 Speed­ster of 1953.

Just 356 will be made, and in Bri­tain, from Jan­uary, you will be asked to pay a very speedy £144,100 for the priv­i­lege of a 911 with­out rear seats.

The rear-drive model uses the wider Car­rera 4 body and fol­lows the Boxster Speed­ster with, pri­mar­ily, an open-topped for­mat and light­weight roof, lower and raked wind­screen and dou­ble-bub­ble rear cowl.

The 3.8-litre en­gine is up­rated to de­liver 402bhp. The 0-62mph time is 4.6 sec­onds us­ing the stan­dard sev­en­speed PDK au­to­matic gear­box.

Top speed is 189.5mph or, I sup­pose, 190mph on a down­hill. Econ­omy: 27.4mpg with 242g/km CO2.

The money also brings com­pos­ite ce­ramic brakes for high-speed stop­ping.

De­but: The Paris Show next week.

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