After Porsche rang in its 70th birthday by debuting a fabulous rendition of the brand’s first ever car, the original 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster from 1948, the rumour mill started churning over whether or not we’d see a production version of stunning new the 2018 911 Speedster Concept. This question was recently answered, and the 2019 911 Speedster is now available to order for $312,500.
The new 911 Speedster shares underpinnings with the acclaimed GT3 Coupe, and includes a 502 horsepower version of its 4.0-litre six-cylinder “boxer” behind the rear axle, complete with throttle bodies from the GT3 R race car, and capable of 346 lb-ft of torque and a lofty 9,000 rpm redline. This results in a blistering 4.0-second sprint from standstill to 100km/h, and a claimed 310-km/h top speed.
The Speedster incorporates the GT3’s dynamic engine mounts to aid handling, as well as Porsche’s GT Sport six-speed manual transmission, which is also pulled from the GT3 and saves four kilograms when compared to the seven-speed manual found in regular 911 models.
Along with the GT3 powertrain, the Speedster also makes use of its capable chassis featuring a uniquely calibrated rear axle steering system, but that’s where the similarities end, with body modifications including lower cut front and side windows, two flying buttress-style “streamliners” formed from carbon fibre composite on the rear deck lid, which completely covers the rear seating compartment, a carbon fibre hood and front fenders, polyurethane front and rear fascias, and a manually operated lightweight fabric roof.
The concept had a button-down tonneau cover, so Porsche smartly improved on the roof’s functionality to ease daily operation, while additional changes made to the production car from concept include the removal of the “X” markings on the headlamp lenses, which denoted tape that was often used to preemptively prevent broken glass from littering the racetrack and puncturing tires; the elimination of the 1950s-style gas cap found on the middle of the concept’s hood for quick refueling directly above the tank; and a revision to stock exterior mirrors instead of the classic Talbot design that was popular way back when the 356 was created. Fortunately, fans of classic 356 series Porsches will be happy to hear the gold-coloured “Speedster” lettering on the thick B-pillars and rear engine cover are carried over, albeit only on a special upgrade package.
If you couldn’t tell by all the carbon fibre mentioned earlier, the Speedster is as much about lightening mass as it is about straight-line power. Porsche doesn’t even include air conditioning and audio system components as standard equipment (but they are optional), its eye solely focused on performance. This means it comes standard with more capable, lighter weight Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) consisting of yellow-finish six-piston aluminum monobloc fixed front calipers and four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed rear calipers, shaving 50 percent from the regular 911’s cast iron rotors. Framing the brakes is a set of 20-inch centre lock Satin Black-painted alloy wheels wrapped in UHP (Ultra High Performance) tires.
Inside, the 911 Speedster features lighter weight door panels with storage nets and door pulls, while its standard black leather can be upgraded with red stitching on the dash and “Speedster” embroidered headrest logos. This option also includes red door pulls, plus a GT Sport steering wheel adorned with a red centre marker at the top 12 o’clock position. Additionally, the interior features a carbon fibre shift knob and doorsill treadplates, the latter sporting a “Speedster” model designation.
The Speedster is also available with an optional Heritage Design Package, which looks closest to the aforementioned concept and original Speedsters from the ‘50s. The upgrade features white front bumper and fender “arrows” over GT Silver Metallic paint, the gold Speedster insignia mentioned earlier, and classic Porsche crests. The racing-style number stickers shown on the doors in photos are optional, and if you include them you can also choose your own number. The Heritage interior includes two-tone leather with historic Porsche crests on the headrests, while some interior trim and the seatbacks are painted in body-colour.
Porsche will only build 1,948 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster models, so contact Porsche Centre Vancouver by phone at (604) 736-7911 or visit us in our showroom at 688 Terminal Ave, Vancouver, to find out how you can acquire one.
Also, check out these two fabulous videos of the new 911 Speedster in action:
The new Porsche 911 Speedster: First Driving Footage (1:13):
The new Porsche 911 Speedster: Highlight Film (2:10):
Story credits: Trevor Hofmann
Photo credits: Porsche
Date Posted: May 31, 2019