/ 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
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)