Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

Photo: John Lamm

2019 Porsche 911 Speedster: Echoes of 1948

New York International Auto Show 2019

Apr 18, 2019 | On Show

Photos: John Lamm

As 1948 was the year of the first Porsche, the German automaker will limit sales of its latest special model, the Speedster shown at the New York International Auto Show, to 1,948 examples. In both name and concept, the new 911 Speedster is a bow to the 356 Speedster that established Porsche’s brand credentials 70 years ago.

Developed by Porsche Motorsport — and in keeping with past Speedster specials — the new version has a double-bubble rear deck, now done in carbon fiber. The top is lower, and it features a cut-down windshield and side windows. To save weight, the lightweight top is raised and lowered manually.

Also paring pounds are a front luggage lid, front fenders, and rear decklid molded in carbon fiber. Another weight-saving move is the elimination of air-conditioning, though it can be ordered as a no-cost option. Even the transmission choice hinges on limiting mass. The GT Sport 6-speed manual transmission is fitted versus the PDK “manumatic,” since the manual is almost 40 pounds lighter. Inside are lightweight door panels and leather-upholstered seats with “Speedster” sewn into the headrests. Not surprisingly, the entire car looks a bit buffed up, having spent time at the gym…or, rather, the Nürburgring.

Powering Speedsters is a non-turbo 4.0-liter flat-6 that spins to 9,000 rpm and produces 502 horsepower and 346 pound-feet of torque. We’re told the powerplant has, “…a highly emotional, racing-inspired soundtrack.” Better yet, 60 mph is expected to come up in 3.8 seconds, with the Speedster on its way to a claimed 192-mph top speed. All this is on a chassis that is developed from the 991 GT3, with Porsche’s ceramic composite disc brakes inside 21-inch center-lock wheels. Weight for the Speedster is down to 3,230 pounds.

A limited-availability Heritage Design Package starts with silver paint to honor the old racing days. The front bumpers and what Porsche calls the “front fender arrows” are white, and the door bottoms hold the classic “Porsche” decals. Optional on the hood and doors are “gumball” graphics, a place for race numbers. Owners get to choose their number.

May 7 is the day the automaker starts taking orders for the 2019 911 Speedster. List price for the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is $275,750, which includes delivery.

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