Preview: 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

As you may know already, a leaked document provided us information that the Porsche 911 Speedster will make a comeback but we found out more details regarding this car. First of all, the car will be inspired by the Boxster Spyder, and will have a semi-permanent fabric hood.

Also, the new car which will be produced in a limited edition of just 100 units, will feature a wide body kit, DK, 19-inch wheels, 2 seats as well as several unique colors. Regarding its engine, it appears that the car will receive the same 3.8-litre flat-six engine found on the 911 Sport Classic, and capable to deliver 408 hp.

The 911 Sport Classic can sprint from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 187 mph (302 km/h) while the fuel consumption delivered in the New European Driving Cycle of 26.6 mpg (10.6 ltr/100 km). The new 911 Speedster is expected to deliver the same performances. Regarding its price, the leaked document revealed a price of around $200,000 (MSRP).

The Porsche 911 Speedster has three striking characteristics that make it distinct. The body is wide and low-slung and is clearly a two-seater. The 911 Speedster can be recognized simply by its long convertible top compartment lid with the two striking haunches.

Engineers at Porsche applied this as the base and used the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet’s body shell. The lightweight body is fully galvanized and uses a number of high and ultra-high strength steels. The rear portion meanwhile uses the "wide body" shell of the Carrera 4S Cabriolet.

As a result, the area above its rear wheels has been increased by 44 mm. The aluminum doors are light as based on the 911 Turbo. The frame of the windscreen meanwhile is shorter by 60 mm. When the roof is opened, the height is 1,230 mm while it measures 1,284 mm once closed. This makes the 911 Speedster the flattest within the 911 line. When the top is down, the 911 Speedster is lower by 40 mm compared to the Carrera S Cabriolet.

The convertible top shape and its new windscreen made it necessary to have the special side windows with its modified and flat contour. The convertible top compartment lid of the 911 Speedster has two cover caps, indicating that it has the automatic and advanced roll-over protection system.

This system was derived from the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. With the outline being flatter, the glass on the rear window has been made to lean towards the car’s center. The roll-over protection system has been placed just under the convertible top compartment lid.

The two flaps can give way upwards in the event of an emergency. Once the top of the convertible is closed, there are two spikes placed on the two roll-over bars to make sure that the rear window can be cracked in a more controlled way.

The window is composed of safety glass that ensures non-hazardous items or blunt particle shatter on impact. The convertible top compartment lid has the third brake light incorporated to it.

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