Porsche’s latest iteration of its iconic Speedster will be unveiled next month at the Paris Motor Show. Built on the current 911, the newest Speedster will be limited to just 356 cars, an homage to the original.
Like the original 356 Speedster introduced in 1953, the new 911 Speedster offers just two seats, a raked back windshield, and a boost in performance over the standard model. And of course it’s topless, or at least there’s no standard convertible top.
Unlike the original Speedster that gained much of the performance through simplicity and minimalism including plastic side windows, the newest Speedster finds performance through technology and a full option list.
The standard 3.8 liter flats six delivers 408 horsepower, 23 more than the Carrera S and is mated with the seven speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe gearbox. The double clutch, semi-automatic transmission features Porsche’s new paddle shifters rather than the old push buttons. An active suspension management system and ceramic composite brakes are also standard.
The Speedster name was revived back in 1988 and some Porsche purists think the now standard double bubble rear hood lid lacks the clean lines of the original. Either way both the original 356 Speedsters and the newer 911 Speedsters both command high resale values. 1950s era cars regularly sell well north of six figures and continue to be some of the most sought after cars in the Porsche community.
The newest Speedster comes in the model specific “pure blue” color, though Porsche concedes customers can order the car in Carrera White at no extra cost.
No word on pricing in the U.S., but Porsche says the German version will be available in December for just under 202,000 euros.
More photos, including a 1956 Speedster, after the jump.
Via Wired Autopia: http://www.wired.com/autopia/