Porsche 911 Speedster Concept to Go into Limited Production Run of 1,948 Units
Back in June, as Porsche celebrated its 70th anniversary, the German carmaker revealed the 911 Speedster Concept. Well, Porsche has now dropped the “Concept” part as it has confirmed that it will produce a limited number of units of the open-top two-seater— 1,948 units, to be exact.
According to Porsche, the number of units refers to the date the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that received its operating license on June 8, in 1948, while Guards Red paintwork you see here is a reference to the 1988 911 Speedster of the G-Model generation.
Based on the 991 range, the latest 911 Speedster will be the first car to be offered with the new Heritage Design Packages, an exclusive accessory line by Porsche Exclusive that “allows for an even higher degree of personalization for the 911.”
Besides the eye-catching paintwork, the 21-inch center lock wheels are another visual highlight of the 911 Speedster, with its cross-spoke wheel design similar to that of Porsche racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the GT3 R. The red-tinted daytime running lights were also inspired by racing and match the car’s paintwork. The two “Talbot”-shaped exterior mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap–centrally positioned on the bonnet–shine in black-chrome and platinum. In contrast to the 911 Speedster Concept, the interior of the limited-edition model has partly-perforated black leather upgraded with red highlights.
All body components as well as the entire technology of both the 911 Speedster Concept and the limited-edition 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-fiber rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Both cars come with a lightweight Tonneau cover, fitted by Tenax buttons, instead of a convertible soft top.
The 911 Speedster’s body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet while its fenders, as well as the front and rear bonnet, are made from lightweight carbon-fiber composite while the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3. Furthermore, Porsche’s GT development department provided the exhaust system with its titanium tailpipes and the six-speed manual gearbox. The same goes for the centerpiece of the limited special edition: its naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing more than 500 hp and capable of engine speeds up to 9,000 rpm.
The limited-edition 911 Speedster will go into production in 2019.