• Jul 12, 2010
Of all the names and model designations used by Porsche in its illustrious history, there are two that stand out more than others: the 911 and Speedster. And it's easy to see why. The Porsche 911 has become the de facto sportscar since its introduction in 1963 and many people simply refer to the seminal 356 convertible as the Porsche Speedster.
Might Porsche be working on a new machine that would combine these two icons? According Auto Express, the answer is yes. Take it all with an appropriately sized grain of salt for now, but the rumormill would have Porsche building exactly 100 911 Speedsters for roughly $300,000 (£200,000) each.

That princely sum will reportedly buy a 911 boasting a cut-down windshield and racing-style sloping rear humps behind each passenger headrest. The German automaker's well-known 3.8-liter flat six would provide power, boosted 17 horses over the mill found in the 911 Sport Classic for a total of 402 horsepower.

Rear-wheel drive over all-wheel drive should make traditionalists happy, and a supposed 0 to 60 times of about 4.5 seconds and top speed of 190 miles per hour ought to please everyone else. Also, Porsche is reportedly cooking up wide-body non-Speedsters that will use the same engine and be available in either coupe or cabriolet forms with a much more reasonable price tag.

[Source: Auto Express]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I know it's just a rendering by a Photoshop-jockey, but it's not very elegant.

      ...and not very good value for money for what amounts to a modest engine tune and a custom rear deck. It sounds like a hard sell when the Boxster Spyder is available for 1/5 the price, while retaining most of the performance and style.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The boxster spyder very likely handles better. More fun is a bit of a subjective issue.

        IF the Boxster Spyder had the 3.8 liter 402-408 performance upgrade engine... it becomes much more factual of an issue that it would be more fun. :D

        ...which is why Porsche would never officially do that.

        Ruf, Sportec, Farnbacher-Loles, and others might... And for 300K asking price... you can definitely fully-outfit a Boxster Spyder to your particular specifications, AND pay someone to put a 3.8 liter Carrera S+ or even a GT3 engine into it.

        Heck, depending on how sparse you are with the options, you might be able to do a Boxster Spyder, AND a Cayman S, both with engine swaps.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Might the Boxster actually handle better/be more fun?
      • 4 Years Ago
      @$300k, it's very reasonable.........


      NOT!!

      "0 to 60 times of about 4.5 seconds and top speed of 190 miles per hour " impressive.......

      for the price of admission? yeah right!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Trust me, people who actualy buy these aren't looking for bang for the buck...
        • 4 Years Ago
        The people who buy these sure are looking for to get their "bang for the buck", as in: what kind of women they can bang for the bucks they spend on the car!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche have already engineered a top like that for the Boxster Spyder, so this is just another way of milking their sports car for ever more exclusive editions. I think it looks sweet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Porsche doesn't build it, a tuner will, reminds me of the late 80's speedster they built.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pppplllleeeeaaaassseeee make it happen!
      • 4 Years Ago
      My all time favorite car ever is the 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster, so as a concept this car has a lot of appeal. $300k is crazy, but never underestimate the stupidity of people with money when it comes to limited production items. The ultra rich Porsche fanatics will snap all 100 of these up in about 10 mins, just like the LF-A.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The only reason this looks weird, is because the rendering is off...
      • 4 Years Ago
      The last 911 Speedster was beautiful in person; this would be a welcome addition
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not use the GT3 engine? This is a light, fast, 100% sports car - so its not about comfort, noise, or the like.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's a bit creepy lookin.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I'm not entirely sold on the rear deck. Maybe it's just the angle, but it makes the car look a *lot* heavier than it should be.

        Also, if it's a pure 2-seater, can't the wheelbase and cabin shorten up a bit?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want a 6 speed manual 2012 Cayenne Turbo S. It consumes my thoughts!
        • 4 Years Ago
        this picture is only a rendering (probably based on the GT2 RS), so it does´nt indicate what the real vehicle will look like.
        But i still think it looks awesome :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed, just not quite right.

        The Boxster Spyder pulls it off perfectly, due to the shorter length from the bulkhead behind the seats to the tail of the car.

        This car is longer, and the engine behind the axle makes the curvature change. Maybe if the aero-fairings were not so long, and terminated just over the rear wheels, not all they way back...

        But then again, this is just a rendering, not an actual concept car.

        The premise is cool, if they do it, hopefully the get it spot-on.

        But I also want to see a much-shortened, much lightened 928-successor from the Panamera, with a Cayenne "angry-face" treatment, with a front engine V8, and a PDK or 6MT gearbox in a rear-transaxle location, and an updated Weissach axle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yes, I'm listening...wait, what?? 300K??????? What were you saying again?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm really not a fan... Looks weird.
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