1989 Porsche 911 Speedster
The 997 Porsche 911 is getting a bit long in the tooth, due for a replacement in the 2012 model year, as we've been tracking for at least two years now. Earlier this year, Porsche released the 911 Sport Classic, a hodge-podge of features from the 911's hits list over the years, and now it looks like a Speedster version could be the final 997 911 version built.
The standard 911 will live through the end of its cycle, of course, until it's replaced sometime next year with the next-gen 911. We've already taken a look into what the 911 Speedster might be like, including retro cues to prior versions and possibly modern styling shared with the Boxster Spyder, itself essentially a Speedster by another name.
Power is likely to come from the Carrera S or the massaged 402-horsepower mill from the Sport Classic. Transmissions will be standard Porsche fare: a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK. Performance should be in the same ballpark as the Carrera S, roughly 4.5 seconds to 60 mph and a top speed of around 190 mph. Depending on how Porsche treats the Speedster's soft top, high-speed runs may be limited until the cabin is liberated, much the same as the Boxster Spyder.
Pricing is sure to be high: the Sport Classic runs a steep $240,000, and the Speedster will be even more of a rarity if it is built, so pricing could reflect that--not to mention its possible status as the last of the 997s. If indeed the 911 Speedster is coming, it could arrive as early as the Paris Motor Show, and Motor Authority will be on hand for the unveiling.