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Porsche confirms limited-edition 911 Speedster

by Ronan Glon

Less than 2,000 examples will be made.

Porsche has confirmed it will send off the current, 991-generation 911 with a limited-edition Speedster model. It previewed the model last June when it showed the aptly-named 911 Speedster concept.

The German firm unveiled an updated version of the concept painted in a shade of red that pays homage to the original 911 Speedster from 1988. The two-seater design study looks essentially ready for production so we don't expect it will change much over the coming months. It's essentially a topless 911 with shorter window frames, correspondingly smaller windows, and a sleek-looking carbon fiber panel over the rear part of the car. Porsche also replaced the soft top with a tonneau cover.

The body is related to the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet's but it's on a chassis borrowed from the GT3 model. The concept car uses a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine that makes 500 horsepower and revs up to 9,000 rpm. It's safe to assume the production model will receive the same engine.

The Speedster will be the first 911 offered with Heritage Design packages for the interior. Available through Porsche Exclusive, the packages will channel the brand's history with special upholstery and trim pieces. More details will emerge in the weeks leading up to the Speedster's on-sale date.

Porsche will start building the 911 Speedster in early 2019. Pricing hasn't been released yet but it certainly won't come cheap. Global production is limited to 1,948 example, a number chosen for the year Porsche was founded. We expect the entire production run will find a home in record time.

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