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Porsche unveils the 911 Speedster, boasting a unique exterior design, lightweight construction and a dedication to driving purity.

28 Jun 2019 | International News : Germany

Porsche has officially unveiled the production version of the 911 Speedster. For the first time in the company's history spanning more than 70 years, the open-top two-seater with a distinctive flat roofline is based on a GT model from the 911 series.

The 911 Speedster echoes the design of the classic 356 Roadster from 1948
The new Speedster exudes the heart of Porsche's core brand values - purity, lightweight design, efficiency and unfiltered driving pleasure. It combines the high-revving 503bhp 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine and the chassis from the 911 GT3 (991.2) with an athletic appearance characteristic of the forebear of all Porsche sports cars, the 356 'No. 1' Roadster from 1948.

To underscore the significance of Porsche's founding year as a sports car manufacturer, the new 911 Speedster will be limited to 1,948 units worldwide. These will be manufactured at the headquarters in Zuffenhausen from mid-2019 - optionally available with the Heritage Design Package, another innovation from Porsche.

The carbon-fire composite rear decklid is the largest and most complex component Porsche has used on a production car
With its 50mm lower windshield, lightweight manual fabric top and streamliners on the rear decklid, the 911 Speedster boasts a unique exterior design that the tradition of Speedster variants being striking and highly desirable. One particular highlight is the aesthetically shaped rear decklid. It is the largest and most complex component to date that Porsche has used in a production car. The single carbon-fibre composite piece weighs just 10kg, including all associated parts. Its double-bubble streamliners have been quintessential design features ever since the first 911 Speedster was introduced in 1988.

A weight-saving roof construction replaces the basic tonneau cover of the Speedster Concept vehicle. In spite of its purist design and lightweight construction, the manually operated fabric top is suitable for everyday use. Together with the shortened window frames with lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows, it gives the 911 Speedster its characteristic profile.

The lightweight rear fascia is fitted with additional vent openings with titanium-colored grills
A focus on lightweight construction also influences other body components of the Speedster. The carbon-fibre composite front luggage compartment lid weighs 2kg less than the aluminum piece on the 911 GT3. The carbon-fibre composite front fenders originate from the 911 R. The front fascia made from special lightweight polyurethane with large cooling air fins has been adopted from the 911 GT3, while the black front spoiler lip is a completely new development. The automatically extending rear spoiler has been carried over to the Speedster from the 911 GT3 Touring. The lightweight rear fascia is fitted with additional vent openings with titanium-colored grills, and the two central tailpipes are made of black stainless steel.

The 911 Speedster features a black interior with leather elements and is optionally available with decorative red stitching for the side bolsters and head restraints of the standard full bucket seats, the armrests in the door panels and the shortened gear shift lever. The seat centers are upholstered in perforated leather, and the lightweight door panels feature black door pulls and storage nets. 'Speedster' logos adorn the head restraints and the visible carbon fiber door sill guards as well as the central tachometer. Like the other instruments, the tachometer has black dials with white needles as well as green digits and scales - features reminiscent of its famous forebear, the Porsche 356 Speedster.

A naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder engine produces 503bhp, and revs all the way to 9,000rpm
The heart of the new Speedster is the naturally aspirated 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine displacement, adopted from the 911 GT3. However, it was changed significantly for the 911 Speedster and represents the newest generation of this motorsport-derived power plant. Thanks to individual throttle bodies, a new lightweight exhaust system and higher fuel injection pressure, peak power rises to 503bhp at 8,400rpm. Like on the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS, maximum engine speed remains at 9,000 rpm. The 911 Speedster engine delivers 469Nm of maximum torque at 6,250 rpm. Weighing just 1,465kg, the new 911 Speedsteris capable of accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 309km/h. 

Complementing its purist character, Porsche only offers the 911 Speedster with a six-speed GT Sport manual transmission, offering maximum driver engagement a very emotional driving experience. The GT philosophy behind the new 911 Speedster is also reflected in its chassis. With sporty rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts, the chassis is based on the technology of the 911 GT3 and 911 R. Control systems such as Porsche Torque Vectoring, Porsche Stability Management and Porsche Active Suspension Management with a calibration tailored to spirited driving, as well as a 25mm lower ride height compared to a standard 911 Carrera, have been precisely adapted to suit the character of the car.

The 911 Speedster is the first Porsche vehicle to be offered with the newly designed Heritage Design Package
The new 911 Speedster is also the first Porsche vehicle to be offered with the newly designed Heritage Design Package. Developed by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur using the highest levels of craftsmanship, the Heritage Design Package links back to the roots of Porsche with numerous classic-inspired styling and design elements.

Exclusively available in conjunction with GT Silver Metallic paint, as a tribute to the golden days of motorsport, the front bumper and front fender 'arrows' are painted in white. The 'gumball' styled graphics in white on the front luggage compartment lid and the doors were inspired by historic Porsche 356 models, whose owners decorated them individually as they participated in races at the time. These areas can be fitted with individual start numbers via Porsche Tequipment, or the customer can order the vehicle without these stickers if desired. The historical 'Porsche' decal along the sides of the car completes the classic-inspired exterior look of the vehicle, as well as the historic Porsche crest on the front luggage compartment lid.
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