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Porsche stunner unveiled: 911 Speedster Concept

By Paul Connolly

Porsche has officially unveiled its latest concept supercar – the 911 Speedster.

The 500 hp roadster is designed to hark back to Porsche’s original 356 Speedster, which received its operating permit on 8 June, 1948.

It is designed to mark 70 years since Porsche's first production automobile, the 356, appeared.  It was a lightweight, rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, two-door sports car available hardtop and open configurations.

The 911 Speedster – a kind of official birthday present from Porsche to itself - is of course brought up to date with modern materials, although fancy tech like navigation and radio has been removed to reduce weight and add to the historical experience.

The manufacturer says the concept is pure and the execution “historically accurate”, with the main emphasis being on delivering a “pure driving experience”.

The 911 Speedster Concept celebrated its world premiere as part of the official ‘70 years Porsche sportscar’ anniversary celebrations in Zuffenhausen.

The concept study offers a glimpse of a potential series-production version, although this model may not be presented until 2019.

A decision on whether to move ahead will be made in the coming months, but the smart money is on the Speedster making it into forecourts by 2020. It will likely snapped up by Porsche purists.

The characteristics of the 911 Speedster Concept include the shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen and correspondingly shortened side windows.

These features give the sports car study an even stockier profile with a very low fly line, which is reminiscent of its predecessors such as the Porsche 356 1500 Speedster.

A special rear cover made of carbon fibre connects behind the front seats, covering a roll-over protection structure and featuring a ‘double bubble.

As dictated by the historic original, the 911 Speedster Concept also features a light-weight tonneau cover instead of a convertible top.

This cover protects the car interior from rain when parked, says Porsche, and is attached using eight Tenax fasteners.

The lightweight principles of the Speedster philosophy continue through into the interior, where the navigation, radio and air conditioning systems have all been eliminated.

The full bucket seats are made of carbon, and the light brown Aniline leather covers in Cognac 356 pick up on features from the car’s classic predecessors.

The broad body of the concept car has been borrowed from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet, although the wings, front bonnet and rear cover of the concept are made of lightweight carbon-fibre composite material.

The 911 Speedster Concept has a state-of-the-art chassis and powertrain, of course.

The chassis essentially comes from the 911 GT3, with contrasting high gloss polished clover-leaf details on the imposing 21-inch rims in Fuchs design. Porsche says this is the first time that these wheels are presented with centre locks.

The GT developers also contributed the exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and the powertrain, which includes a six-speed manual transmission.

The six-cylinder flat engine in this minimalist concept study delivers over 500 hp and reaches speeds of up to 9,000 rpm, says Porsche.

Speedster variants of sports car models, which combine open-top driving pleasure with

distinctive driving dynamics, have been part of the company history since 1952, says Porsche.

The Porsche 911 (pronounced Nine Eleven) is one of the world’s oldest and biggest-selling sports cars.

More than one million models have been sold since the first  of the 2+2 rear engine sports cars hit the road in 1963.

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