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21st September, 2010

Very low-slung, very sporty and very rare – welcome to the new, limited edition Porsche 911 Speedster.

The new 911 Speedster is a celebration of the first Porsche model to bear the name – the 356 Speedster – as well as showcasing the individualisation programme known as Porsche Exclusive.

This special open-top 911 will be available in only one specification, limited to a production run of just 356 units and be shown for the first time at the Paris Motor Show early next month.

The low-slung two-seater stands out with its lower (by 60 mm) and more steeply raked windscreen, characteristic double-bubble hardcover for the soft top, 44 mm wider rear body and exclusive “Pure Blue” body colour.

The 300 kW of power from the boxer 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine is delivered to the rear wheels via Porsche’s PDK (double clutch) gearbox. A limited-slip differential, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) further individualise this model.

And thanks to ‘Porsche Intelligent Performance’ fuel consumption in the NEDC mode is the same as that of the Carrera S with PDK, at 10.3 L/100 kms – despite the 911 Speedster tuned to deliver an extra 17 kW of power over the S model.

Living up to the Porsche Exclusive standard, the 911 Speedster features almost all optional equipment of the 911 series and its appeal also comes from its meticulously hand-finished interior in black smooth-finish leather with numerous exterior colour details. These include decorative designs with checker board patterns in the seat centre section of the adaptive sports seats (reminiscent of a chequered flag) and the leather side bolsters in exterior colour.

“Pure Blue” has been developed exclusively for the Speedster’s exterior, providing an intriguing contrast with the tinted front lights, black headlight rings, black windscreen surround and other black decorative designs. The Speedster is available in Carrara White upon request at no extra cost. It also features a special front apron, specific sideskirts and a distinct rear apron.

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The Porsche Speedster legend

In 1953, the Speedster series was launched with a pure sports car based on the Porsche 356, which had two sports bucket seats, doors with slide-in plastic side windows, and a shortened, elegantly curved windscreen. Some 1,234 examples were manufactured.

By the time the 356 A was introduced in 1955, the Speedster reputation was firmly established and 2,910 examples were built.

In 1989, the Speedster celebrated its revival with an edition based on the 911 Carrera 3.2, this time with an added feature; for the first time, the hood compartment lid had the characteristic ‘double bubble’ styling. Initially, a limited run of 171 were produced, but a wide-bodied ‘Turbolook’ version introduced shortly afterwards was sold to 2,103 customers.

In 1992/1993, the next evolutionary stage of the 911 Carrera – the Type 964 – ushered in a further Speedster edition, of which 930 examples were built. A further 15 widebodied ‘Turbolook’ versions were specially commissioned by customers. Now Porsche introduces the fourth edition of their sports car legend.

Most recently, two examples of the Type 993 911 Speedster have been built to special order.


Only a handful of 911 Speedsters will make their way to Australia, arriving in early 2011 following the German launch in December 2010 and the UK in January 2011. This new open-top 911 will sell locally from $519,800*.

NOTE: * The price indicated in this news story is the Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) which excludes dealer delivery fees and the various statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, prices, fees and charges can vary without notice.


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