Porsche recently unveiled the 911 Speedster concept at their 70th anniversary celebration and now we’re getting a better glimpse at the production model as a prototype has been spied undisguised at the Nürburgring.
Drawing inspiration from a long line of previous Speedsters, the latest incarnation of the 911 will serve as a last hurrah for the current-generation sports car.
Like the concept, the production model will be a mix of the 911 Carrera Cabriolet and the 911 GT3. The front is a dead ringer for the latter model thanks to large air intakes, a lip spoiler and a vent beneath the hood. Bigger changes occur further back as the Speedster has been equipped with a shorter and more rakish windscreen that pays tribute to the 356 1500 Speedster.
Another unique touch is the rear cover, which is presumably made out of carbon fiber like on the concept. It features a double bubble design and a floating third brake light that connects the two humps.
Interestingly, the car is also equipped with a fourth brake light that hides underneath the active rear spoiler. This is an odd design quirk but it was likely necessary as the spoiler appears to block the view of the third brake light when it is deployed.
One of the more noticeable styling details is the unique soft top, which features two buttresses that extend over the rear cover. The top helps to give the Speedster a sportier appearance but it will limit rearward visibility, as it only features a small rear window.
Weissach has been tight-lipped about specifications of the production model, although the concept had a flat-six which developed more than 500 hp (372 kW). This suggests the car will use an upgraded version of the GT3’s 4.0-liter six-cylinder engine which has 500 hp (372 kW) and 339 lb-ft (459 Nm) of torque. There’s no word on the final output or performance, but the GT3 can accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in as little as 3.2 seconds when equipped with the seven-speed PDK transmission.