Porsche 911 Speedster Spied With Very Unhappy Driver
In an odd batch of spy photos for several reasons, pictures reveal that the Porsche 911 Speedster continues to be under development, despite the next-generation 911 already debuting. As if the vehicle isnt eye-catching enough, the test driver is throwing the photographer the bird in many of these shots. He apparently isnt happy about someone seeing the limited-run machine.
This 911 Speedster doesnt wear any obvious camouflage, although Porsches use of body-color concealment can sometimes make the covering difficult to see. Still, these photos should give a very accurate overall impression of the models design, and its extremely similar to the concept.
Up front, the Speedster carries the 991 generation of the 911s familiar look, and the model wears a front fascia with five openings with a design thats very similar to the one on the 911 GT3 RS. The bigger changes are at the back, though. Porsches designers sculpt a rear deck with undulating lines and nacelles behind the seats. Seams in the panel suggest the roof hides under there too, but dont expect many owners to use it too often since the Speedster is all about open-roofed motoring.
The Speedster is a product of Porsches GT Division that also builds hardcore models like the GT2 RS and GT3. At least in concept form, the special model used the suspension and 494-horsepower (368-kilowatt) 4.0-liter flat-six engine from a GT3.
We expected the new 911 Speedster to debut by now, but Porsche bucked our expectations. Its not currently clear when the production models unveiling might happen, but sales start sometime in 2019. VIN registrations are evidence the automaker intends to sell the droptop in the U.S. A rumor suggests that the company might only build 1,948 examples of the special model as a nod to the firms 70th anniversary in 2018.