Porsche goes back to the future
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.