Porsche’s New 911 Speedster Is A Riot To Drive

With the new 911 Speedster Porsche has saved the most special for last -as far as the 991 goes- but unlike its predecessors, this isn’t simply a modified 911 Convertible; instead, it is a proper GT-car created by the same people behind the spine-tingling GT3.

At its heart – or bottom, whichever you prefer- lives the glorious, naturally aspirated screamer of an engine, the 4.0-liter flat-six unit known from the last 911 GT3 and GT3 RS models. In the Speedster, the powerplant has gained not only the mandatory petrol particulate filter but also individual throttle bodies and higher-pressure fuel injectors.

Also Read: 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster Is Just Like A GT3 But With Looks To Die For

As a result, the engine now produces 503 hp (375 kW / 510 PS), 10hp more than the GT3, and 347 lb-ft (470 Nm) of torque, retaining its ability to rev up to 9,000rpm. A six-speed manual transmission is the only option. Porsche claims a 0-62mph (100km/h) in 4 seconds flat and a top speed of 193mph (310km/h).

The suspension uses the GT3’s dampers, which were softened by a tad to better match the Speedster’s road-based character, as well as the GT3’s springs, which remain unchanged. The four-wheel steering system is also retuned to fit the Speedster’s purposes.

As you might expect, the new 911 Speedster proves to be a riot on the road, according to Carfection’s latest review. Despite having no roof, it manages to offer the sharp handling the company is known for, with tons of grip through the corners and a genuine sense of occasion.

Porsche will build just 1,948 examples of the 911 Speedster, with pricing in the U.S. market starting from $274,500.

 

  • Christian

    When is X-men due?

    • Six Thousand Times

      I dunno, I prefer my X-movies with women but I’m not judging you. 🙂

  • General. Koofta

    what’s a 62 year old kidney go for these days?

  • SteersUright

    First, what an insanely great review, from the writing to the production value. Wow, love Carfection!
    While this car is undoubtedly awesome and I can’t imagine who wouldn’t love one, you can’t escape that it looks old and dated. Its almost as if I was watching a review from 2014 for an amazing 911 variant. I love the car but, it would not be my first choice at $300k in 2019 dollars.

    • Six Thousand Times

      I prefer its appearance to that of the new 992. Porsche always makes you cough up extra money. This time, it seems worth it in an inexplicable sort of way.

      • Astonman

        Shouldn’t you be comparing apples to apples?

        • Six Thousand Times

          Not sure what you mean.

          • Astonman

            In this Speedster form, it looks drastically different to the 992. Wouldn’t you compare a 991 Carrera to a 992 Carrera to say which would look better. There’s no 992 Speedster to compare to yet.

          • Six Thousand Times

            In essence I was comparing the Carrera to the Carrera and then inferring that the “older” Speedster looks better than a 992 -based one would.

          • Astonman

            That’s a big jump since they haven’t designed it yet – but ok.

          • Six Thousand Times

            But you know in general, it will follow the outline of the 992 as this one follows the 991. How big of a jump is that, now?

          • Astonman

            In 6 years when they debut the Speedster, who knows what add ons they will offer – so yea for me that’s a large jump.

  • Six Thousand Times

    I’m not crazy about the 992 so this is the last 911, I’m in love with. And I am in love.

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