It was only in June this year when Porsche unveiled the 911 Speedster Concept. Perhaps due to overwhelming response or just a part of its plans, the German sports maker has disclosed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show that it will be putting the Porsche 911 Speedster into production.
At the same time, Porsche unveiled at the event the second concept of the 911 Speedster. Essentially, the 911 Speedster Concept II and the 911 Speedster Concept are identical, with the differences being their paintwork and finishes as well as their wheels.
Both 911 Speedster concepts feature shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen as well as shortened side windows – resulting to a stockier profile. Both concepts also come with a special rear cover made from carbon fiber, featuring a double bubble cover behind the front seats.
The bodies of the 911 Speedster concepts are derived from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, as underpinned by a chassis from the 911 GT3. In addition, its front bonnet, wings and rear cover made from lightweight carbon fiber composite material. It also has a number of cues borrowed from Porsche’s early racing cars, like 1950s-style central fuel tank cap on the front bonnet, the distinct design of the main headlights as well as the classic Talbot shape of the exterior mirrors. Moreover, the new Porsche Speedster concepts I and II feature an exhaust system with titanium tailpipes. Both are powered by six-cylinder flat engine that can deliver more than 500 hp, with power sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
Distinguishing the 911 Speedster Concept I and II from each are their finishes, wheels and interior. The first concept, also known as the Heritage version, is wrapped in the traditional colors of GT Silver and White. It also features a huge number 70 in a white circle on the sides -- paying tribute to Porsche’s 70th anniversary -- and the Porsche lettering below. The Heritage version rides on high-gloss polished clover-leaf 21-inch wheels in Fuchs design. Inside, the full bucket seats in carbon are wrapped in light brown Aniline leather.
On the other hand, the 911 Speedster Concept II is wrapped in Guards Red finish – with number 70 on the sides now gone -- as a reference to the 1988 Porsche 911 Speedster of the G-Model generation. The second concept rides on new cross-spoke 21-inch wheels in cross spoke design and features a black leather interior.
Porsche will be producing the 911 Speedster as a limited special edition, with a production run of exactly 1,948 units – referring to year when the Porsche 356 “Number 1” car received its operating license (June 8, 1948). Production will commence in the first half of 2019. It will be the first Porsche car to be offered with Heritage Design Packages, as created by Porsche Exclusive.