Porsche Goes Retro for Awesome 911 Speedster Concept

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Porsche is giving itself a present to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its sports cars.

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is being billed as a “road-ready study of an open-top and particularly exciting sports car,” and forges a link between the very first Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster, which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948, and Porsche cars of today. Sporting a two-tone shell, the concept is based on the current GT models and was developed at the Porsche Motorsport Center, the birthplace of the 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS.

The concept study does offer a glimpse of a potential series-production model, Porsche admits. If it does come, however, it won’t be available until next year. A decision is expected to be made in the coming months.

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Sporting a shorter window frame and a more inclined windshield, there are also shortened side windows on the concept. The result is a stockier profile with a very low fly line, reminiscent of Porsche 356 1500 Speedsters. Porsche also made a special rear cover from carbon fiber, which connects behind the front seats, covering a roll-over protection structure. Further paying tribute to the 911 Speedster is the “double bubble” element.

Paintwork on the exterior features the traditional colors of GT Silver and White, which goes back to Porsche’s early racing cars. The chassis essentially comes from the 911 GT3, rolling on 21-inch Fuchs design wheels. The six-cylinder engine produces over 500 horsepower and is paired to a six-speed manual transmission.

On behalf of 911 fans everywhere, please build it, Porsche.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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