• Porsche has revealed the 911 Speedster production ready Concept.
• It will be the swansong for the current 991.2 generation.
• It pays tribute and marks the 70th Anniversary of the original 356 Speedster.
Porsche has officially taken the wraps off the 911 Speedster Concept on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the brand recieving its operating permit in 1948. The production-ready concept of the Speedster is the last hurrah of the 991.2 generation of the 911 before the new one arrives later this year.
The 911 Speedster Concept was developed by Porsche Motorsport Centre. It carries the characteristic styling such as a raked and lowered windscreen and an iconic double-bubble rear cover. The cover is made of carbon fibre. There are contrasting black slats between its humps and a transparent Plexiglas wind deflector featuring an engraved ‘70 years of Porsche’ logo. The same logo is found on both the doors of the Concept.
The Speedster is based on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet with some carbon fibre body parts. The paintwork in the traditional colours of GT Silver and White is a reminiscent of Porsche’s early racing cars. There’s another classic detail - a 50s-style central fuel tank cap positioned in the middle of the front bonnet. The headlights too are modified to pay tribute to the old racing car’s headlights.
On the inside, there are two carbon fibre bucket seats wrapped in light brown Aniline leather. Porsche has ditched the navigation, air conditioning, and audio system to keep things light weight. The rest of the chassis is scrounged from the GT3. The Speedster sits on 21-inch clover-leaf designed central locking Fuchs wheels. Porsche has used the GT3’s six-cylinder engine which produces 500bhp at 9000rpm with a six-speed manual transmission.
Whether or not Porsche will put the 911 Speedster Concept into production will be announced later. But there appears no reason why they should not. And even if they do, it will arrive only in 2019 with an exclusive production run.