Revealed: Porsche 911 Speedster concept
German luxury sportscar maker Porsche has revealed the 911 Speedster concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed celebrating Porsche's 70th anniversary. The GT3-based sportscar, in its production- spec will act as a swansong to the 991.2-generation sports car. Also, the new Porsche 911 Speedster Concept pays homage to the very first Porsche 356 'No. 1' Roadster incorporating elements from the original car underpinned with the 911 GT3's chassis.
Mechanically, the existing the 911 GT3 uses a 4.0-litre flat-six naturally aspirated engine that produces 500 bhp of maximum power and 460 Nm of peak torque. However, Porsche has not confirmed about the perfromance details of the concept but it is said to come powered by a six-cylinder engine delivering more than 500 bhp, hence the engine in question is the above said 911 GT3 motor. However, the concept comes paired with a 6-speed manual transmission, and it is likely that we will get that on the production version as well, along with the option of a 7-speed PDK transmission.
In terms of looks, the drop-top 911 Speedster concept by Porsche comes finished in a white and silver paint scheme, inspired from the Porsche race cars of the 1950s along with the mid-mounted fuel cap on the hood, while the racing number 70 indicates the seventy years of Porsche engineering. The body of the concept is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet and the wings, front bonnet and rear cover are made of carbon fibre composite to keep the weight low and the talbot shaped mirrors. Other than this, the Speedster concept also offers the double-bubble cover at the back that has been a part of the 911 Speedster design since 1988.
Talking about the prominent features seen on the 911 Speedster concept such as the 1950s style central fuel tank cap positioned in the middle of bonnet and the classic Talbot shape of the mirrors, celebrating Porsche's early racing days and also making it a part of the 70th anniversary of the automaker’s sportscars. The shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen and shortened side windows making for a low fly line, that is reminiscent of the Porsche 356 1500 Speedster are several distinctive characteristics of the sportscar concept. At the rear, it gets cover made of carbon fibre connects the front seats, covering a roll-over protection structure. Apart from this, two contrasting black slats between the 'humps' add an aerodynamic touch and a transparent Plexiglas wind deflector featuring an engraved '70 years of Porsche' logo are the other prominent features.
However, instead of a convertible top the concept features a lightweight tonneau cover in order to protect the interior of the concept, while it can also be attached using the eight Tenax fasteners. At the inside, the concept offers a number of retro elements carried over with modern cues like navigation, radio and air conditioning being omitted from the concept. The concept also receives bucket seats made out of carbon fibre and covered in Aniline leather covers Cognac 356 pick-up, reminding about the classic predecessors of the sportscar.
A production version of the 911 Speedster is likely to arrive by 2019. As Porsche manufactured only 356 examples of the previous 997-generation Speedster, therefore a similarly low production number is predicted for the upcoming production version of the 911 Speedster concept.
Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the Porsche 911 Speedster concept.
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