Porsche 911 Speedster Rumored To Debut In New York Next Week

Porsche is scheduled to hold a press conference at the New York Auto Show next week and it appears the company will use the event to introduce a new special edition.

While the automaker was originally expected to unveil the new Cayenne Coupe, a Porsche spokesperson told us the model won’t be on display in New York. However, they did confirm plans to “premiere a new vehicle at the press conference on Wednesday, April 17th.”

Porsche declined to name the mystery model, but CarBuzz says a 911 Speedster customer contacted them and showed the publication an invitation to a “charity cocktail party” on April 18th. That’s one day after the press conference, so the timing makes sense for a New York debut.

Previewed by the 911 Speedster concept (pictured above and below), the production model will serve as sort of a last hurrah for the 991. Porsche hasn’t said much about the car, but it should have a mix of components from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet and 911 GT3.

Some of the biggest changes will include a shorter and more rakish windscreen that pays tribute to the 356 1500 Speedster. The model will also have a unique rear cover which features two tunnels that are connected by a floating third brake light.

Porsche has also shown a red colored version of the Speedster Concept

Performance specifications remain unconfirmed, but the 911 Speedster concept had a flat-six engine which produced more than 493 hp (368 kW / 500 PS). This suggests the production model could use an upgraded version of the GT3’s 4.0-liter flat-six engine which develops 493 hp (368 kW / 500 PS) and 339 lb-ft (460 Nm) of torque. However, it remains unclear if the 911 Speedster’s rating will surpass the output of the 911 GT3 RS which has 513 hp (382 kW / 520 PS) and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of the final numbers, Porsche has already confirmed production will begin in the first half of this year and only 1,948 units will be built.

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  • Nordschleife

    So this is going to be the current 911 right. Is the new 911 on sale yet? wouldn’t it make sense for the speedster to be the new 911 since this is debuting at an autoshow? Does this comment make sense?

    • Astonman

      It won’t be based on the new 992. From the side view, it looks like a large Boxster.

    • Kash

      Pic 4 in the gallery should answer your question, but no it doesn’t look like it’ll be based on the redesigned 911 and instead be based on the outgoing 991.2. Porsche typically tests cars in production guise with little camo so if we’re seeing 991.2 body work then that’s what’ll probably have when it launches. I’m a little surprised Porsche didn’t launch this before debuting the 992, but iirc Porsche did the same thing with the 997 Speedster and the 991’s debut.

    • nastinupe

      It’s based on the 991.2 GT3. Same engine, same everything. Traditionally the Speedster is the 911’s last model of the outgoing generation. It’s the last hurrah and is supposed to represent the best of the best of the generation in a sleek design. I’ve never been a fan of them, but they are usually extremely popular among the collectors, simply because of the limited production numbers. This one is going to be more powerful than they typically are, which will justify it’s price tag.

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