The production ready Porsche 911 Speedster is finally here! If you haven’t already, check out our article on the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept! It will help compare the differences between the production ready car versus what Porsche really wanted the Speedster to be. The production ready Speedster was finally revealed this week at the New York Auto Show.
Unlike the 997 Speedster that was limited to 356 units to commemorate the first Speedster, the 356 Speedster, the 991.2 Speedster is limited to 1,948 units to commemorate the year the 356 Speedster was made, 1948. The new Speedster has the same engine as the beautifully sounding GT3 and GT3RS, a naturally aspirated 4.0 liter Flat 6 making 502 horsepower and 346 lb/ft of torque. Each cylinder has its own individual throttle bodies to improve throttle response (was it really that bad before?). Power is higher on this car to make up for the convertible to keep performance level with the GT3/RS.
Paired to that amazing engine, is a 6 speed manual gearbox. No PDK option here everybody… rejoice! Air conditioning is not available as standard but can be added as an option, but who cares about that? Also, ceramic brakes come standard thank God. Did you want an automatic folding top? The Speedster sticks to its roots, with a manually operated top.
The Talbot-shaped door mirrors we saw on the concept are not on the Speedster, probably because of some bogus pedestrian safety regulation. The same plain old 911 mirrors are fitted to this extremely special 911. Also, the center gas cap on the hood has been replaced with a regular gas cap on the fender. I believe that was because of practicality reasons; I wouldn’t want to scratch my paint at the gas station because the pump was touching my fender and hood.
Essentially, the concept was almost exactly the same as the production version, with only minimal changes to the car. This car is the perfect homage of the Speedster, back to basics with a 6 speed manual. If I had to own any 911, it would definitely be this one.
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