Classic meets modern, as Porsche commemorates 70 years of sportscar manufacturing with the unveiling of its new 911 Speedster Concept.
Officially revealed at an event at Porsche's Zuffenhausen headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, the Speedster is firming for a limited production run in 2019, before the current series 911 is replaced.
“The concept study offers a glimpse of a potential series-production version, although this model may not be presented until 2019,” Porsche said in a recent statement.
“A decision on whether to move ahead will be made in the coming months.”
It has also been speculated that road-going versions of the Speedster will be restricted to 1948 units, a nod to the year that Porsche's first sports car was registered.
Reviving design cues from the original 356 'No. 1' Roadster – the German carmaker's first model – the retro concept was built at the Porsche Motorsport Centre using the body of a Carrera 4 Cabriolet and the underpinnings of a GT3.
The Speedster Concept features a low windshield with short side windows giving it a small and squat stance. The flowing profile is carried on by the iconic double-bubble rear cover – made from carbon-fibre in this case.
A transparent Plexiglass wind deflector boasts a '70 years of Porsche' logo, and gold-plated 'Speedster' badges adorn the B-pillars.
Adding a touch of old-school, the Speedster features a bonnet fuel filler, 21-inch Fuchs alloys wheels with centre locks, and classic teardrop side mirrors.
On the inside, the multimedia and air-conditioning systems have been binned to reduce weight, and carbon-fibre bucket seats trimmed in light-brown Aniline leather dominate the cockpit.
The car draws its motivation from a horizontally-opposed six-cylinder engine, most likely the 373kW 4.0-litre unit featured in the current Porsche GT3.
Power is sent exclusively to the rear wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.
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