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Porsche 911 Speedster 2019: spy shots, prices, specs and release date

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The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II

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Porsche Speedster

Exclusive drop-top sports car is just days away from being unveiled

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Monday, April 15, 2019 - 3:26pm

Porsche is sending off its old 911 sports car in style at this year’s New York Auto Show by unveiling a limited-edition Speedster version. 

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Based on the outgoing 991-generation of the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, instead of the newer 992 version, the Speedster is an exclusive drop-top that harks back to the company’s 356 Speedster from the late 1950s.

While the German carmaker has yet to officially confirm its intentions of unveiling a new Speedster, a leaked image of an invitation to the company’s New York Auto Show features a shot of the new drop-top, reports motoring rumour site CarBuzz.


 

With the US event due to get under way on 19 April, fans won’t have long to wait until the covers come off the sporty convertible. 

In the meantime, here’s everything you need to know about the old 911’s last hurrah:

Price

The previous-generation 911 Speedster carried a £50,000 premium over the track-focused GT3 when it released in 2011, says Autocar

Buyers can therefore expect a price tag of around £155,000 for the new 911 Speedster, given that today’s GT3 costs around £105,000, the magazine says. 

Release

The covers are due to come off in New York at the end of the week, before orders open “later in the year”, says Motor1

Those wanting to get their hands on the new car will need to be quick, though. Only 1,948 examples are due to reach production, a number chosen to mark Porsche’s 70th anniversary last year.

Design
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Judging by the photograph on the leaked New York Auto Show invitation, the 911 Speedster will adopt the same aggressive bumper design and wider rear-wheel arches as the hardcore GT3.  

Meanwhile, the 911 Speedster’s signature “double-bubble” deck returns on the new model and sits over the same area that would normally feature the rear seats. Underneath the deck sits the car’s roof mechanism, which – on the old model – had to be manually raised by the driver. 

Other touches include a fuel-filler cap on the bonnet, which is a throwback to the original Speedster from the late 1950s, notes CarBuzz. 

The leaked images suggests the production car won’t deviate too much from the design shown on the concept model (top) and prototype model (below).


Much like the concept car, Auto Express says production models will only be available with black leather interiors and 21-inch centre-locking alloy wheels. 

However, Porsche will offer a number of “Heritage Design Packs” so that buyers can customise their car’s exterior styling, the magazine says. As such, the Speedster is rumoured to be “more customisable than any 911 that has gone before it.”

Engines and performance
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Under the 911 Speedster’s skin is the same chassis as the 991-generation Carrera 4 Cabriolet. However, Porsche is believed to have made a number of revisions to make the drop-top more performance-focused than the car it’s based on. 

For instance, the body panels are made from carbon fibre, says Autocar, while the GT3-derived bumpers should generate more aerodynamic grip around high-speed corners. 

The Carrera 4 Cabriolet’s engine has been replaced by a 4.0-litre flat-six engine, the magazine says. It’s unknown whether the motor is an upgraded version of the GT3’s or the more powerful motor from the hardcore GT3 RS. 

Either way, buyers can expect a power output of around 500bhp and a 9,000rpm rev limiter.

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