Porsche 911 Speedster
Back in 1953, Porsche launched the Speedster sports car based on the Porsche 356. The idea came about when the legendary New York Porsche importer Max Hoffman pitched the idea of a lightweight 356 cabriolet the guys in Stuttgart. In response, Ferdinand Porsche let his imagination run wild and the result was a 356 with two sports bucket seats, doors with slide-in plastic windows and a shortened, elegantly curved windscreen which gave the car a lower, more planted appearance. A runaway hit, the Speedster proved to be quite popular, especially in southern California.
Thirty-five years later, for the 1988 model year, Porsche brought the Speedster back once again, this time based on the venerable 911 series. Yes, to honor the 35th anniversary of the original. In addition to adopting the styling characteristics of the '53, another iconic element was added to the Speedster visage. The double-bubble hard tonneau cover for the convertible top.
The third and last air-cooled Porsche Speedster was introduced in 1993, to (beginning to see a pattern here?) celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Speedster.
And now, in 2011, we're get the fourth generation Speedster. The first car to carry the Speedster nameplate since Porsche shifted to liquid-cooled engines for the 911, this new Speedster is a developed by Porsche Exclusive – the Stuttgart department specializing in individualization of all Porsche cars and limited production models like the 911 Speedster.
Timed to celebrate an anniversary (once again), this Speedster commemorates the 25th birthday of Porsche Exclusive, founded in 1986. The 2011 Speedster's 3.8-liter flat six engine delivers 408 horsepower, five more than the just-announced Carrera GTS. Featuring nearly all the optional equipment of the 911 series, the hand-finished interior is upholstered in smooth black leather. The exterior color is brought inside with checkerboard patterns in the center-section of the seats and the leather side bolsters.
Exterior styling cues include a special front apron, specific side skirts, and a dedicated rear apron. The “Pure Blue” exterior color exclusive to the Speedster. Other details include tinted front lights, black headlight rings, and a black windscreen surround. The 2011 Speedster is also available in "Carrara White", at no extra cost.
Available in early 2011, MSRP will be $204,000.