Porsche 911 Speedster is a Concept Car No More

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

First unveiled as a concept to celebrate Porsche’s 70th birthday, the 911 Speedster is a concept car no more: Porsche announced at the Paris Motor Show that this purist sports car will be put into production as a limited edition model.

Although it’s likely already sold out, 1948 units will be available in the first half of 2019. Why such a random number? This gorgeous two-seater pays homage to the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that got its operating license on June 8, 1948. A Guards Red version debuted at the Paris Motor Show and is the first Porsche offered with the German automaker’s new Heritage Design Packages, a new line of accessories.

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The Speedster is powered by a naturally aspirated flat six that outputs 500 hp and spins up to 9,000 rpm. The retro double bubble rear panel, front hood, and fenders are made of carbon fiber and the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3, while the body is based on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet. It also gets an upgraded titanium exhaust system and a six-speed manual transmission.

This retro stunner is bound to be a classic car one day, and it’s already a major collectible because it’s so exclusive. We’re sure the 911 Speedster will only be available to bonafide Porsche collectors (if they’re not already sold out) and that they will be put away in climate-controlled garages as their values skyrocket, never to see the light of day.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of AutoGuide.com and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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