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Porsche reveals price of new 911 Speedster – and it’s a whopping 211k

By Paul Connolly

Porsche’s limited-edition 911 Speedster has now gone on sale in the UK, with a hefty £211,599 price tag.

The two-seater drop-top will have a limited production run of 1,948 models.

It’s a testament to the first Porsche production car, the 356 Speedster, which first appeared in 1948.

The new car is a fusion of heritage design cues from the 356 and later variants, plus modern styling and materials.

It’s based on the platform of the outgoing 911 GT3, the ‘991’, merged with the 911 cabriolet version.

The car’s design takes centre stage, paying homage to its 1948 predecessor, not least with bullet-shaped wing mirrors and an aesthetically shaped convertible top compartment lid with double-bubble streamliners – a “quintessential” feature of this sports car type ever since the 911 Speedster from 1988.

The manufacturer says this is the “largest and most complex component to date” used in a road model made of a single piece of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.

Two trim elements in the double bubbles make room for the roll-over protection system as need, included in the two-seater as a standard feature just like in the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

Together with shortened window frames with lowered cowl top panels and smaller side windows, the 911 Speedster’s profile is athletic and with a low fly line.

A weight-saving fabric roof structure replaces the basic tonneau cover of the original concept car.

The convertible top is said to be simple to operate: the central locking hook at the windscreen frame and both the side fins of the fabric roof are released at the push of a button.

The large rear lid made from lightweight carbon fibre is electrically unlocked and slides back a short distance, is then positioned by hand and makes room for the fabric roof, which folds into a Z shape behind the front seats.

The heart of the new Speedster is adopted from the 911 GT3. The naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine with four-litre displacement is described as “a pure GT” (grand tourer) engine.

Peak power of 510 P is reached at 8,400 rpm, with the maximum engine speed at 9,000 rpm.

The engine delivers a maximum torque of 470 newton metres at 6,250 rpm, achieving the spring from 0-62mph in 4 seconds before heading on to a top speed of almost 197mph.

Refinements to the 911 GT3 engine allow the Speedster to pump out 10PS more power than its predecessor.

These include improvements to high-pressure fuel injectors with optimised spray pattern as well as a modified intake system with individual throttle valves, which enable a more spontaneous response to throttle commands.

The newly developed lightweight stainless-steel sports exhaust system weighs 10 kilograms less – including the two new particulate filters.

As if to underline its pure sporting heritage, the car only comes with manual six-speed sports transmission.

Porsche’s engineers and designers have worked hard to remove weight, and lightweight components abound.

A carbon-fibre composite bonnet – 2kg lighter than on the 911 GT3 – and the carbon-fibre composite wings are originate from the 911 R.

The front apron was borrowed from the GT3, but the front spoiler lip is completely new.

The interior is sleek and characterful, with black leather elements for the side bolsters and head restraints of the carbon-fibre composite full-bucket seats, the armrests in the door trims and the shortened gear lever.

The centre panels of the seats are upholstered in perforated leather, while the lightweight door panels with black door pulls and stowage nets reduce the overall weight.

Speedster logos adorn the head restraints and the visible carbon door sills as well as the central rev counter.

A limited-edition badge on the cross structure behind the front seats shows the serial number of each model.

One variation on offer is an optional (£15k) Heritage Design package said to “reinterpret classic elements from 1950s and 1960s” models.

The limited-edition Porsche 911 Speedster is on sale now, with prices starting from £211,599. It’ll be interesting to see whether the chunky price tag is offset by the appeal of the exclusive nature of the car.

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