• Apr 28, 2009
The Speedster variants Porsche made out of its 911 range in the '80s and '90s went down as one of the most iconic in the company's history. But with the Boxster already in the line-up, making a 911 Speedster today would make about as much sense as, um.... mounting a flat six behind the rear axle. So what are they preparing instead? Well, if these spy shots are any indication, some sort of Boxster-based Speedster.
The mule captured in these photos is wearing an extensive amount of camouflage around the rear deck and roof, but sources suggest that underneath the disguise, this particular Boxster is wearing a more shapely rear hood, with Speedster-style moldings running from a pair of roll hoops aft of the seats down to the rear bumper. A chopped-down windscreen is also part of the package, while power is tipped to come from the 299hp version of the 3.4-liter six found in the Boxster S Porsche Design Edition 2. Hopefully, the chop-top Boxster could be getting ready for a debut at the automaker's home-market Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Better than that Camero POS
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't like the camaro.
        I think it looks fine and is plenty fast.
        It's just not my kind of car. I think it's too heavy and big.
        • 5 Years Ago
        First of all, it's Camaro, not Camero. Second, this article has absolutely nothing to do with the Camaro so why are you even bothering? And I would prepare to get ranked down to half a star in the next 5 minutes because I think you're one of about 10 people that doesn't like that Camaro
        • 5 Years Ago
        will buy if
      • 5 Years Ago
      Targa Cayman, possibly???...
        • 5 Years Ago
        That... would be really cool.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I agree with naggs, I think this has as much chance of being a retractable hardtop convertible as it does a speedster.

      I hope it's a retractable hardtop, because that's the one thing that is sorely missing from the Boxster. After 11 years messing with the fabric roof on my Boxster, I'm positive that my next convertible will be a retractable hard top.

      I realize canvas saves weight, but $50k for a car with a fabric roof seems a bit out-of-character for this price range and for where the market has moved over the past decade. Pretty much every convertible on the market has gone to a retractable hardtop as standard or optional equipment (BMW 3-series and new Z4, Mazda MX-5 Miata, Mercedes SLK and SL550, Chrysler Sebring, Volkswagen EOS, Pontiac G6, Volvo C70, Lexus IS, Ferrari California, and the departing Lexus SC 430 and Cadillac XLR.)

      The Boxster is a nice looking vehicle with the top down, but I think the Cayman is far more attractive when comparing the two with the top up. If Porsche could somehow replicate the Cayman look in a retractable hardtop convertible, it would be an impossible-to-resist vehicle.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually. the impossible to resist vehicle, would be a Cayman Club Sport, with a shorter height fixed roof (double-bubble, like Carrera GT, Viper, FD RX7, and others... to lower the center height and frontal area of the Cayman's roof.)

        Similarly equipped, no lux, all sport, to what I described above... And even possibly with the 3.6 or 3.8 DI engines from the 997.2

        THAT would be impossible to resist. And it would still be as rigid a chassis Cayman is, with a fixed, but lower roof.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That would be the ANTITHESIS of a speedster.

        A folding hard top is heavier, and more complicated than a soft top, and usually takes up MORE space, not less, especially when powered. Miata barely makes it work as an un-powered version, and the space considerations are larger even for that.

        It is possible that might be a direction they would go, but it would not be a "speedster" that way. Actually it would be a more posh Boxster, not a less posh Boxster.

        A speedster would have a simpler, possibly manual-operation soft top, with a lower height, and a longer line for better aero with the top up, and fairings with the top down, and a lower windshield header height. None of those things would make for a posh, more comfortable car. They all would be for better aerodynamics, and a sportier, harder-core character.

        A speedster version would be stripped of luxury bits, but have most or all of the sport bits, and a smooth, effective aero kit. Cayman S's engine. 6-speed or PDK with LSD, PASM, SportChrono, lower ride height, maybe even Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).

        But it might have no, or very limited leather. GT3-like shell seats. Base or no stereo, certainly no NAV.

        A speedster is a refinement of a sports car, almost to the point of a race car, but still street drivable and legal. It is not a bucks-up high-feature new trim line with a nice new folding hard roof, for the people who just don't like the thin fabric roof. That would be something other than a BoxSpeedster.
        • 5 Years Ago
        BoxerFanatic: I agree with you 100% that a retractable hardtop Boxster is the polar opposite to a Speedster Boxster.

        My point is that there is a chance the editors have it wrong and this Boxster IS NOT a more sporty Speedster version, but rather a less sporty retractable hardtop version. And I hope that it is for the reasons previous stated.

        Over the years, the 911 has evolved from a minimalistic sports car to a well-appointed sports+luxury/performance vehicle. I think it's time for the Boxster to do the same, with the primary model switching to a retractable hardtop the every other car manufacturer is or already has. But I also agree that there should still be room for a performance-focused soft-top Speedster version, just as there is with the GT2/GT3 version of the 911.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting. Very interesting.
      • 5 Years Ago
      question. what exactly is the difference between a convertible and a speedster? is it just a convertible without a roof?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I can't give you an official (or good one at that) answer, but from the pics I googled of the 911 Speedsters and from what I read somewhere, a speedster has a lower windshield. Basically. It does make it look more aggressive and they do all have that bigger cover on the back for the top, but that's about all I can tell ya
        • 5 Years Ago
        Think of James Dean.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think a speedster is not actually a convertible but an open coupe with an available cover.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I double that question.

        What's the dif. between a Cabrio and a Speedster?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Cabriolet is a convertible, usually that stores it's folding roof onboard, but really is pretty much just synonymous with convertible. Not necessarily a sports car, or even based from a coupe with two doors. Mostly just reference to the folding roof.

        A roadster used to be a car, pretty much exclusively a sports car (two seats with a handling specialized design), without an attached roof, but with a removable roof. A machine more specifically designed for enjoyment of the road in a sporting automobile.

        Speedster, one would figure, would be a roadster, minimalistic, handling sports car, with a minimal roof, with an extra dose of speed hardware over it's base offering. Also, usually incorporating some aero touches from the race-track, such as the cut-down windshield, lower top, and fairings to lower drag, without regard for the more civilized features of the other versions of the car. Comfort compromised for performance, rather than the other way around.

        It will be interesting to see how they do that with the Boxster, and still meet safety regs, which didn't hinder Porsche, or other companies in the past.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they are finally putting the GT3 engine in the 987 chassis.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, looks like it has room behind the seats, with the top up. I like the chopped top look.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Anyone else finding it a hard time to believe this is a speedster?

      Not sure when the next boxster is scheduled but i know it is coming up fast. And to have a tarp buttoned onto a canvas that is clearly supported by a structure underneath (conforms to window to well) is a little odd and doesn't scream speedster. And plenty of roadsters have there "Lumps" as the article says with the top up
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't look like much of a difference then the standard Boxster. The difference is going to be hidden behind the seats where that extra top cloth is going down the back of the car. I don't think it's a big deal, unless they throw in a new engine.

        http://www.idcow.net/idcow/products/mst2124_002.jpg

        those little bumps on the back of the car.
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