The Speedster is one of the most evocative names in the history of Porsche. First used on the classic 356 model of 1953, the Speedster quickly became synonymous with low-slung, open-top, two-seater Porsche sports cars that attracted free-spirited driving enthusiasts seeking the ultimate 'wind in the hair' experience.
Now, in celebration of the Speedster legend, Porsche is introducing a new 911 Speedster at the Paris Salon on October 2, and to commemorate its famous '50s forebear, the production run is limited to just 356 examples.
Designed and conceived by the Porsche Exclusive department in Stuttgart, the two-seater 911 Speedster is significantly different from the other members of the 911 family.
Every Porsche Speedster was traditionally distinguished by its shortened windshield and sleek tail, and the new 911 likewise features a 60mm lowered and raked windscreen and the characteristic 'double-bubble' hardcover for the manual soft top.
The striking profile of the new 911 Speedster is further defined by the use of the Carrera 4 body, the 44mm wider rear stance of which additionally gives powerful visual emphasis to the rear wheel-drive configuration of the car.
Just as the style of the new 911 Speedster features a contemporary interpretation of classic Porsche Speedster iconography, the characteristic rear-engined chassis features the best from the current 911 generation. The 3.8-liter flat-six has been tuned to deliver 408hp, 23 hp more than in the 911 Carrera S, and the same as the recently announced Porsche Carrera GTS (http://www.eurotuner.com/news/eurp_1009_2011_porsche_carrera_gts/index.html).
The 911 Speedster features as standard a seven-speed double-clutch PDK transmission which transmits power via a limited slip differential to the rear axle, which lends further finesse to the chassis dynamics. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are also standard. Added to this is exemplary protection for the driver and passenger, with the safety roll-over protection system, which is standard in all open-top Porsche cars, being specifically tailored for the unique Speedster design.
The 911 Speedster heralds the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive in 2011, and further demonstrates the competence of the in-house technical experts after the recent success of the 911 Sport Classic.
The 911 Speedster has a generous level of equipment as standard and, as is to be expected from the artisans at Porsche Exclusive, its appeal also comes from the meticulously hand-finished interior in black smooth-finish leather with numerous exterior color painted details - each one bespoke to the Speedster. These include decorative designs with black and white patterns reminiscent of a checkered flag on the center sections of the sports seats, and leather side bolsters in the exterior color.
The sporting flavor is enhanced further by the 'Pure Blue' exterior color that has been developed exclusively for the Speedster, and which provides an intriguing contrast with the tinted front lights, black headlight surrounds, black windscreen border and other black decorative designs. It also features a bespoke front spoiler, specific side skirts and a distinct rear apron.
Porsche fans will also note the color-coordinated black stone guard ahead of the rear wheels, reminiscent of prior editions of the 911. Upon request, the Speedster is available in Carrara White, at no extra cost.