To celebrate its 70th birthday, Porsche decided to give fans a present — a conception study that will be produced as a limited special edition: a purist Porsche 911 Speedster. That’s something true Porsche fans — like the Porsche mechanics that spend their days repairing Porches at our Cincinnati auto shop — will certainly appreciate.
The company will produce only 1,948 units of the open-top two-seater. The number is in the spirit of the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that received its operating license on June, 8 back in 1948.
The car is the first to offer the new Heritage Design Package — an exclusive accessory line by Porsche Exclusive allows for an even higher degree of personalization for the 911.
“In addition to the eye-catching paintwork, 21-inch center lock wheels are another visual highlight of this latest concept study presented in Paris. Their cross-spoke wheel design is similar to that of Porsche racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the GT3 R. The tinted day-time running lights were also inspired by racing. Matching the study’s paintwork, they are kept in red. The two ‘Talbot’-shaped exterior mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap – centrally positioned on the bonnet – shine in black-chrome and platinum. In contrast to the previously shown ‘Heritage’ version, the interior is using partly perforated black leather upgraded with red highlights.
All body components as well as the entire technology of both the 911 Speedster Concept cars are identical. This includes the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows as well as the carbon-fibre rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Both cars come with a lightweight Tonneau cover, fitted by Tenax buttons, instead of a convertible soft top.”
A Tradition of Speed
Porsche is certainly keeping up with its tradition of heart stopping beautiful cars. The Porsche 356 “Number 1” lived up to its name in 1948, and the company continues to pump the pedal to the metal — which is one reason Porsche brakes need to be of such high quality. When you’ve got this much boost in a car, you also need some serious stop.