Paris Motor Show is underway and Porsche has kicked it off with a bang debuting and confirming that the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept, originally unveiled in June, will enter production in 2019, but will be limited to just 1,948 units.
The 991.2 GT3-based Porsche 911 Speedster was designed to commemorate the brand’s 70th birthday. The retro, two-door roadster is what the Stuttgart marque described as an “excellent present” to itself taking styling cues from the original 356 Speedster from 1948, brought up to date with modern materials.
The brand has borrowed the GT3’s chassis and used carbon fibre body components to give it a performance edge. Porsche has also used carbon backed seats and ditched the air conditioning and infotainment system keep weight to a minimum.
The classic double bubble hump at the rear, bullet style door mirrors, centrally located fuel cap and a set of 21-inch Fuchs-style wheels complete an aggressive but sophisticated package.
Under the carbon, the Porsche 911 Speedster also borrows heavily from the 911 GT3 with power sourced from the same 4.0-litre flat-six via a six-speed manual gearbox audible through GT3 RS-style titanium tips. A lightweight Tonneau cover, fitted in place by Tenax buttons, replaces a folding roof.
The Porsche 911 Speedster will be the manufacturer’s first car to be offered with ‘Heritage Design Package’, and thus will be the most customisable Porsche to date. It’s expected to hit the production line early 2019 with no word on local pricing or availability released as yet. However, if the 918 and 911R is anything to go by, these are going to be fetching a pretty penny, and even more on the aftermarket!