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2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

new Porsche 911 Speedster

2011 Porsche 911 Speedster interior

Year 2011
Engine 3.8 litre, flat-six, twin-turbo
Transmission 7-speed PDK, RWD
Max speed 189 mph
0-60 mph 4.6 seconds
Horsepower 408 bhp
weight 1,540 kgs / 3,395 lbs

For 2011 Porsche decided to resurrect one of their most famous models, the 911 Speedster.

The Speedster name is one of the most evocative 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, and to commemorate its famous 1950s 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 windscreen 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 Porsche 911 Speedster is further defined by the use of the Carrera 4 body (just like on the new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS), the 44 millimetre 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 contemporary re-interpretations of classic Porsche Speedster iconography, the characteristic rear-engined chassis features the best from the current 911 generation. The 3.8-litre flat six has been tuned to deliver 408 hp (300 kW), 23 hp more than in the 911 Carrera S. With average fuel consumption of 27.43 mpg (10.3 litres/100 km) (NEDC), the new Speedster uses no more fuel than the standard 911 Carrera S Cabriolet a consequence of Porsche Intelligent Performance.

The 911 Speedster features as standard a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) gearbox 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 conception of the current Speedster comes from Porsche Exclusive - the department of Porsche that specialises in individualisation of Porsche cars and low volume production. The 911 Speedster heralds the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive which will be celebrated 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 colour painted details each one bespoke to the Speedster. These include decorative designs with black and white patterns reminiscent of a chequered flag on the centre sections of the sports seats, and leather side bolsters in the exterior colour.

The sporting flavour is enhanced further by the 'Pure Blue' paintwork 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 colour-coordinated black stone guard ahead of the rear wheels, reminiscent of prior editions of the 911. Upon request, the 911 Speedster is available in Carrara White, at no extra cost.

Similar and related vehicles:
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS (997)
Porsche Boxster Spyder (2010)

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