Paris motor show report - Porsche 911 Speedster

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Pulling the crowds to the Porsche stand at the Paris motor show is this brand new 911 Speedster.

Designed by Porsche Exclusive – Porsche’s in-house customisation department – the Speedster harks back to the 356 Speedster of the 1950s.

Classic touches
The new model combines some of the best bits of the current 911 range with a host of features that recreate the look and spirit of classic Speedster models.

Just as previous Speedsters have been characterised by a shortened windscreen, the screen of this car is 60mm lower and more steeply raked than the current 911.

There's also the characteristic ‘double-bubble’ cover for the manual soft top. On top of these classic features, the new car has the wider body of the current Carrera 4 model, but with a lighter rear-wheel drive layout and the seven-speed semi-automatic PDK gearbox.

Porsche’s Active Suspension Management and ceramic brakes are also fitted as standard.

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Performance
Powering the car is a version of the familiar 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine, which has been tweaked to produce 402bhp – 22bhp more than in the Carrera S models. That’s enough to get the Speedster from 0-62mph in 4.4 seconds – three tenths of a second quicker than the Carrera S.

As well as suitably generous standard equipment, the new 911 Speedster has a hand-finished interior trimmed in black leather, and an exterior look that is unique to this model. That includes the Pure Blue paintwork as well as its unique front spoiler, sideskirts and rear apron.

How much and when?
Paying homage to the 356 Speedster, just 356 of the limited edition 911s will be made. There’s a hefty price to pay for such exclusivity: when the Speedster goes on sale in January, it’ll be comfortably the most expensive 911 Cabriolet in the UK priced from a whopping £144,100.


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