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Porsche's new 911 Speedster will sound great and cost lots
The 911 GT3-based Speedster is a costly swansong for the 991-gen 911
After months of concepts and teasers, the Porsche 911 Speedster is finally here. And it costs – um – £211,599. A whole hundred grand more than the 911 GT3 upon which it’s based.
And the keener eyed among you will have spotted this is the ‘old’ 991-generation 911, not the brand spanking new 992. The Speedster is effectively its final hurrah, and gets a fairly spectacular mix of components to reflect that.
So the GT3’s wail-to-nine-thousand-revs 4.0-litre engine sits in the back, and with a wee bit more power freed from it. Porsche has hiked it up 10bhp to 503bhp, while individual throttle bodies should sharpen up already razor throttle response.
The new, lighter exhaust system ought to sound even better, too, not least because the noise howling out of it is now unencumbered by one of those ‘roof’ things. Well, there is one, but it’s a slightly fiddly sounding part manual, part electric jobbie that you’ll likely have down as often as possible.
Now, putting the components from one of Porsche’s hardest cored road cars into a soft open-top might seem like a contradiction, but injecting a brutal shot of alcohol into a friendly dessert often works, so we’ll reserve judgement until we drive it. Which is soon.
With all of the four-wheel steering, torque vectoring and sports suspension of the GT3 and 911 R fitted – but tuned to the Speedster’s needs – plus a bit of weight loss via freshly carbon parts, we suspect it won’t be a duffer. Oh, and it’s a six-speed manual or nothing. Lovely.
Enough to justify being almost two GT3s in price? Well, stupendous mark-ups never dulled the 911 R’s appeal. This Speedster is limited to 1,948 cars, and if you actually feel like £211k is too much of a bargain, you can add a visually loud Heritage Design pack for £15,302 and a special 911 Speedster watch for £9,900. Because of course.