Porsche has released pricing along with new pictures and a video of the 911 Speedster, following its debut at the New York Auto Show.
Designed to be a last hurrah for the 991, the 911 Speedster draws inspiration from the 356 Speedster but has a modern powertrain sourced from the 911 GT3.
The naturally aspirated 4.0-liter six-cylinder boxer engine produces 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS) and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque. It is paired exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels via a mechanical locking rear differential. This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.0 seconds and onto a top speed of 193 mph (310 km/h).
Of course, the 911 Speedster is about more than just performance and it features a unique design that incorporates a number of components from other models. Among the highlights are a front apron borrowed from the 911 GT3, a rear apron and spoiler from the 911 GT3 Touring and carbon fiber wings from the 911 R.
The special touches don’t end there as the 911 Speedster has a carbon fiber hood, a unique front spoiler and Sport Design mirrors which replace the Talbot mirrors from the 911 Speedster concept. The model has also been equipped with a shorter windscreen and central locking 20-inch wheels which are backed up by ceramic composite brakes.
The most unique styling feature is the double-bubble rear lid which is made from a single piece of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic. Described as the “largest and most complex component” ever used on a road-going model, the lid traces its origins to the 911 Speedster from 1988.
Buyers looking for something even more exclusive can order a Heritage Design package. Porsche says it “reinterprets classic elements from the 1950s and 1960s” as it features a GT silver metallic exterior with white “spears” and motorsport-inspired decals. The package also adds a black and cognac interior with golden accents.
The standard cabin isn’t anything to ashamed of as it a shortened gear lever and carbon composite bucket seats which are wrapped in perforated leather. Drivers will also find a retro-inspired instrument cluster, limited edition badging and lightweight door panels with black door pulls and stowage nets.
The 911 Speedster will go into production later this year and production will be limited to 1,948 units. In the United States, pricing starts at $274,500 – excluding a $1,250 delivery, processing and handling fee. The The optional Heritage Design Package will cost an extra $24,510.