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A prototype Porsche Speedster on the 997 platform has been sneaking about here and there for the last two years. According to a report by Dutch daily De Telegraf, Porsche is finally ready to bring it to the masses as a sendoff before the 2012 Porsche 911 arrives next year.
Right now, that appears to mean an nothing more than an appearance at the Paris Motor Show. We'd guess, however, that based on audience reaction it could see limited production, à la the 911 Sport Classic. Or who knows, as with the 993 Porsche Speedster the company might show it off, build only two of them and leave us all hanging. But you wouldn't do that to us again, would you, Porsche?

[Source: De Telegraf (translated)]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Porsche should ditch those LED lights because they give the impression that it was all an afterthought to the design:

      - "Ze car is finished"
      - "Wait a minute, we forget the LED lights.... how about we add them here".
      - "Meh, sounds about right".

        • 4 Years Ago
        When the fashion for Christmas tree lights - I mean "accent LEDs" - ends I will be a happier person. Use LEDs when you NEED light, not when their only role is to be there for the sole sake of being there...(coughAudicough)
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 997 Turbo's Fog lights look like an afterthought, too.

        "Oops, we forgot that the fog lights aren't in the headlamps anymore... we have to put them in the bumper cover... so stick 'em on the sides, there..."

        A Porsche 997 Speedster might be cool, but the real open-top, road and track Porsche drop-top has to be the Boxster Spyder. Even better with an engine swap.

        The Spyder isn't limited production, thankfully, but then they should have done a limited-run Spyder RS that is track-ready with a more robust roll hoop arrangement, racing-grade fuel cell, fire extinguishers, electrical cut-off, and a 3.6-3.8 power-upgrade engine, and standard sport exhaust, PASM, etc... and center lock wheels like the GT3. The only options being PDK or 6MT, and steel brakes or carbon brakes. All other performance options included as standard, everything else mandatory deleted.

        Maybe the Speedster will focus more on custom styling, than being a GT-3-like cut-down covertible.

        But I would still prefer a Boxster Spyder over a sporty 997 drop-top.
      • 4 Years Ago
      always the same,no need to hide.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Enough already Porsche, give us the next generation 911 already. I'm ready to see what the future holds. And please to make the 911 larger, it's already big enough. You're going to force me to go with a Cayman next time around if you turn the 911 into a BMW 650.

      • 4 Years Ago
      http://www.teamspeed.com/forums/997-996/45342-2011-911-speedster.html - yes we have had this up for a bit now, after the link are some great renderings from members, please enjoy!