During Porsche's 70th anniversary celebration, they revealed the 911 Speedster Concept which was essentially a drop-top version of the current 991.2 GT3 but on a base 911 body. At the time, the open-top GT3 was said to be a concept only as the German sports car maker was still uncertain whether the car will enter production.
Thankfully, it did.
Revealed at the on-going 2018 Paris Motor Show, Porsche has now introduced the production model 911 Speedster. The road-going model remains faithful to that of the concept 911 Speedster previewed earlier this year. In fact, you can barely tell the difference between the concept and the production-model aside from the new wheels and paint job.
The body is derived from a 991.2 Carrera 4 Cabriolet but has been extensively modified. To make it fit the iconic Speedster name, the windshield has been shortened and positioned at a more raked angle. Behind the seats is a new carbon fiber double bubble cover, further giving it the Speedster look. That said, there is no convertible soft top here. Instead, Porsche will provide owners with a lightweight Tonneau cover fitted by buttons. Completing the look are the bullet style side mirrors and the gas cap relocated to the hood.
However, not everything has been lifted directly off the concept. For starters, the retro-style Fuchs wheels have been ditched in favor of a more modern looking 21-inch cross spoke wheels. The car is now painted in Guards Red and does not come with the retro livery. Porsche says they will offer a 'Heritage Design Package' to buyers at an added cost.
Beneath the bodywork, the 911 Speedster makes use of a 911 GT3 underpinnings and drivetrain. Yes, that means you can have the Speedster specced with a manual transmission. Meanwhile, the GT development department has the drop-top GT3 with a titanium exhaust. Power remains at 500 PS produced by the 4.0-liter flat-six engine.
Production of the 911 Speedster is set to begin next year and will be built in partnership with Porsche Exclusive.