Porsche Is Putting The New 911 Speedster Into Production

Did you dig the 911 Speedster concept that Porsche made to celebrate its 70th anniversary this year? Well, we have good news, because while it may surprise precisely no one, the German automaker has confirmed it’s putting the concept into production.

Sleeker than the 911 Cabriolet and more potent than the 718 Boxster, the 911 Speedster follows in a grand tradition of chopped-down, open-cockpit Elfens.

The manufacturer first showcased the new concept with a throwback livery at its Zuffenhausen home in Stuttgart this past June, before taking it on tour around the world. And to coincide with its production announcement, Porsche is showcasing it again – this time in Guards Red – at the Paris show.

The crimson paintjob is drawn from the 1988 original, as the car also features 21-inch cross-spoke alloys and a black leather interior. Otherwise it looks pretty much like the one we already saw, right down to the chopped windscreen and double-bubble rear cowling – which is no bad thing, considering how striking it is.

The finished product will be produced by Porsche Exclusive in a limited run of 1,948 examples, referring to the year in which the company was founded. It’ll feature a lightweight tonneau cover with Tenax buttons in place of the convertible soft top, and it’ll be the first model to be offered with an array of Heritage Design Packages that we can expect to see popping up on other models in the near future.

Otherwise, Porsche has released little in the way of technical details as to the production model’s specifications. But it points out that the concept’s bodywork was based on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet, with carbon-fiber fenders and hoods, plus the suspension from the 911 GT3. The six-speed manual transmission and titanium tailpipes were also furnished by the GT division, while the naturally aspirated flat-six engine was tuned to develop over 500 horsepower.

With production set to begin early next year, we’ll just have to wait for Porsche to release more details about the final product. Of course, you can bet it’ll be rather pricey.

*New images from the Paris Auto Show added to the gallery

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Live image cedits: Stefan Baldauf / Guido ten Brink for Carscoops

  • StrangerGP

    Cool looking side mirrors. 🙂

    • exeptor

      As a single peace I agree, but somehow they do not match the overall feel of the car – it push the retro too much and the rest of the car is too modern for them. I keep on focusing on them over and over and during the years I found out that this means something is just not right there (of course this is just me).

  • Vassilis

    So awesome.

  • Ruel Lewis

    Dissapointed that they didn’t reveal the new 911 but I guess this was them buying more time.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Beautiful. Amazing. I love everything about this.

    Shame these are gonna be flipped to all hell.

  • I’m more curious on why Porsche seems to didn’t release specs of this car. Like the hp and weight, but nevertheless another good job. I love it.

    And yeah, it will ended up with speculators and that a lot of people would flip this.

  • disqus_83g6mJmr6l

    the best looking 911 Speedster ever! this model always had this horrible hunch at the back which made it look heavy & ungainly as opposed to it’s light & athletic aspirations whereas this…..well it’s just looks perfect

  • Ruel Lewis

    This is still in concept form so those may not make it to production. I hope it does though.

  • ksegg

    Porsche is the only German marque I still adore and hasn’t disappointed.

  • Mr. EP9

    Damn I want one but it’ll never happen especially after the speculators and flippers get down with it.

  • exeptor

    I know that I’m Porsche sick but damn this car looks amazing in every angle. Initially the mirrors were somehow a bit annoying but it looks like I’ve stopped seeing them. As I wrote somewhere bellow – if I continue see it then it is not good (for me) and in this case I actually stop staring at them which is good. Dream car it is.

  • MarketAndChurch

    my second fav 911 after the targa

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