For many fans, the Speedster badge signifies the pedigree of legendary road going Porsches, and Porsche racecars. As a nod to such a legend, the Porsche 356, a special edition 911 will be the latest to bear the curved, nine-letter logo. Developed as a GT model, the 911 Speedster will be set apart from its contemporaries by way of a new Heritage Design package.
“We want our customers to be able to reconnect with that sense of vitality our historical cars are known for,” said Stéphanie Kleiböhmer, a color-and-trim designer. “The 911 Speedster connects “tradition with innovation. As we enter a new world with the fully electric Taycan, the Speedster sends the clear message that we won’t be forgetting our roots”, added Thorsten Klein, an interior designer from Weissach-based Porsche Design.
Noteworthy features of its Heritage Design package include bicolor leather furnishings in Black and Cognac, carbon elements in GT Silver Metallic, and an all-metal, gold-plated Speedster logotype. The exterior blends the past and future in impressive ways, especially in the striking color combination of GT Silver Metallic with white front bumpers and “spears” on the fenders.
Even without the Heritage package, though, the 911 is already a good platform as it is. Powered by a naturally aspirated, four-liter, six-cylinder engine churning out more than 510 HP, this is no slouch at all. Porsche’s GT model developers contributed the suspension, exhaust system, and a drivetrain with a six-speed manual transmission as well. Technology is something inherent with the 911 as well. Touted as being cutting edge, its fenders, hood, and its characteristic rear cladding are made of lightweight carbon fiber composite.
As an added bonus, Porsche Design has worked together with the automotive and motorsport engineers to create a fitting timepiece: the 911 Speedster chronograph. The watch’s movement is powered by a caliber Werk 01.200, developed by Porsche Design, whose high-grade flyback function enables successive intervals to be stopped, reset, and restarted in a single step. Featuring the titanium housing typical of Porsche Design Timepieces, the chronograph comes in a limited series of 1,948, just like the car.
With its rather limited quantity, it may be a stretch to actually see one of these tributes on our roads. Then again, we do have a pretty good Porsche following in the Philippines, so it isn’t impossible, either.