Porsche’s 911 Speedster is no longer just a prototype.
A road-ready production version of the drop-top took center stage at a media event on Tuesday, the night before a version of the car is set to appear at the New York Auto Show.
With low-slung windows, a “double bubble” behind the headrests and a lightweight fabric top, the 911 Speedster is almost a spitting image of the concept vehicle the company showed in Paris last year to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
The new 911 Speedster is perhaps best described as a mashup of parts from other iconic sportscars throughout Porsche’s history.
The sportscar’s bodyshell is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet with its hood and fenders made of carbon fiber. And the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3. Porsche says its red paintwork is a reference to the 1988 911 Speedster of the G-Model generation.
The new car has the same engine used in the current 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS.
The flat-six engine gets 502 horsepower and 346 pounds-feet of torque, enabling the Speedster to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds, according to the German automobile manufacturer.
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The top track speed is 192 miles per hour, Porsche says.
The automaker also says the supercar emits a “highly emotional, racing-inspired soundtrack” that motorists can enjoy for $274,500 — not including the $1,250 delivery fee.
Only 1,948 units of the open-top two-seater will be built, a number that’s inspired by the year Porsche unveiled its first 356 “Number 1” car in Austria.
When people think of a Porsche, the 911 tends to come to mind.
The elite category of machines often gain value over time and by limiting the number of cars produced, Porsche makes the sportscars even more desirable.
Speedster variants, which have been around since 1952, are marked by distinctive driving and an open-top design. The range is also known for having engines installed in the back of the car.
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