Porsche has confirmed it will bring a new Speedster to production to celebrate the end of the current 991-series 911 models, aimed at limited production and an Australian sale date late in 2019.
Ensuring the new Speedster’s remains collectable, just 1948 examples will be built in homage to the year Porsche first received its operating license.
Porsche Cars Australia said it will order as many cars as possible because of strong demand for the brand in Australia.
No final specifications or a price are available, although prospective buyers can base how much it may cost on the previous 997-series Speedster of 2010 which went for $519,800 plus on-roads.
Porsche showed the new Speedster in concept form at this week’s Paris motor show, highlighting its two-seat, low-roofline design that has been a hallmark of the convertible since the first one was produced in 1954 for the US market.
Externally, the concept shown has ‘Guards Red’ paintwork, 21-inch alloy wheels with centre locks that are borrowed from the 911 RSR and GT3 R racecars, tinted daytime running lights with red lamps, Talbot-shaped side mirrors, and a bonnet-centred fuel cap.
The cabin has perforated black leather with red insets but, in keeping with the pared-back nature of the previous Speedsters, do not come standard with air-conditioning and an infotainment system.
It also retains the Speedster design themes of a lowered, steep-raked windscreen, narrow side glass, a double-bubble deck behind the seats and a lightweight tonneau roof fixed with Tenax fasteners.
Porsche has confirmed that the Speedster will be the first 911 variant to be available with Heritage Design Packages, increasing its level of personalisation.
The body is based on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet but adds carbon-fibre fenders and bonnet to reduce weight.
The underpinnings are likely pulled from the GT3 RS including the six-speed manual transmission and a version of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat six-cylinder petrol engine.
However, Porsche says the Speedster concept has “more than: 373kW of power, which is down from the GT3 RS’s 383kW.
The next-generation 911, meanwhile, is expected to debut at the Los Angeles motor show in late November, ahead of an Australian on-sale date in 2019.
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