It’ll do 0-60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds, before continuing to a top speed of 192 miles per hour. The car’s front luggage compartment lid, front fenders and rear decklid are all made from carbon fibre composite material, while the front and rear fasciae consist of polyurethane. The door panels are lightweight units with door pulls instead of heavier standard handles.
With the right option boxes ticked, the dashboard, shift boot and steering wheel are adorned in red stitching, while the door pulls are finished in red. Speedster variants of sports auto models, which combine open-top driving with distinctive driving dynamics, have been part of Porsche’s company history since 1952.
The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster will make its public debut at the NY motor show this week.
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The 911 Speedster will be sold exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission which sends power through the rear wheels. The roof mechanism continues the lightweight focus with no automated mechanism other than the latches to lock into place. Air con is omitted, but can be refitted as a no-cost option.
The 911 Speedster’s US starting price is $275,750, including the delivery fee. All in, the 911 Speedster weighs just 1,465 kg.
The 911 Speedster uses a chassis derived from the 911 GT3 models with a specifically calibrated rear axle steering system.
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Buyers of the 911 Speedster can opt to add the Heritage Edition trim, also on display, which comprises exterior decals inspired by the 356 racers of the 1960s, satin grey wheel paint, black brake calipers and a retro-inspired brown leather interior. Porsche are keen to highlight that this is the first time a Speedster has been developed by the Porsche Motor Sport department, but that it is also instantly recognisable as a Speedster.
The forefather of Porsche Speedster models, the 356 1500 America Roadster, had an aluminum body manufactured entirely by hand.
Featuring slot-in curtain windows for the doors, a folding top and lightweight bucket seats, just 16 units of this U.S. market special was built.
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By 2010, eight different production and special models bearing the Speedster name had been created. With all of that lightweight knowledge applied, the 911 Speedster tips the scales at 3,230 pounds, just 77 pounds heavier than the hardtop 911 GT3 to which it’s based on.