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Porsche 911 Speedster to launch in Paris

The German manufacturer will debut its 911 Speedster at the Paris Motor Show next month.  Porsche Cars Australia spokesman Paul Ellis confirms a handful will make their way to Australia early next year at $519,800 plus on-road costs.

"Less than five I would estimate," he says.  "No-one knows about it till now, so there's no interest yet."

With its characteristic double-bubble hardcover for the soft top and low-slung looks, it resembles the original 1954 356 Speedster.  In a reference to its roots, only 356 of the new 911 Speedsters will be built.  It will be available only in two colours (blue or white) and one trim specification which includes most of the optional equipment of the 911 series.

The low-slung two-seater has a 60mm lower and more steeply raked windscreen, although it is not removable like the 1950s models.  It features the 44mm wider rear body and is powered by the 300kW boxer 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine mated to Porsche's PDK (double clutch) gearbox.

The Speedster will also have a limited-slip differential, Porsche Active Suspension Management and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes.