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13-06-2018 | Automotive Engineering | News | Article

Porsche Reveals the 911 Speedster Concept on its Anniversary

Patrick Schäfer

Porsche is celebrating 70 years of sports cars from Zuffenhausen. To mark this anniversary Porsche is unveiling the 911 Speedster Concept, which is meant to pay homage to the first vehicle, the Porsche 356.

The two-tone Porsche 911 Speedster Concept prototype was developed by the Porsche Motorsport Centre. The current GT models from the 911 series deliver the technical base for this puristic, open sports car. Many details, such as the shorter window frame with lowered cowl panel and small side windows, are also meant to remind you of the Porsche 356 Speedster. 

The current Concept car has a carbon fibre "double bubble" structure behind the front seats, which simultaneously serves as roll-over protection. Like the original, the Concept has only a manual tonneau cover instead of a convertible top. The interior is light brown leather reminiscent of the lightweight bucket seats of earlier days. Multimedia and sat nav have been dispensed with, as was air conditioning. Porsche also employs lightweight construction for the wings, bonnet and rear apron, which all consist of carbon fibre composite material. 

High-rev Porsche 911 Speedster Concept

A rear-mounted six-cylinder boxer engine with over 368 kilowatts capacity should top out at 9,000 rpm. Power transfer takes place via a six-speed manual gearbox. The chassis is borrowed from the 911 GT3 and features highly polished 21-inch Fuchs rims with central closure. The titanium tailpipes save weight.

Speedster models have been a tradition with Porsche since the 356 1500 America Roadster. By 2010 eight series and special models were created under the name Speedster. The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept "shall put the pure motoring experience in the foreground". A possible production model could be presented in 2019.

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