Porsche 911 Speedster Concept
On June 8th, 1948, the Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster received its operating permit. Thus was produced the first sports car that led to vehicles that would set the bar that all other sports cars are measured by.
While the very first Porsche was a mid-engined vehicle, the later 356 models and the 911 would have there engines in the back (although some of Porsche’s successful road and race machines would use a mid-engine layout). With 70 years of history Porsche has made a number of legendary machines.
Cars like the 356, 911, 550 Spyder and 917 are just a few that come to mind. Their cars are so good, for their time, that even Porsche’s less loved models would be the crown jewel in just about any other automaker’s lineup.
To celebrate 70 years of Porsche the German automaker has unveiled a new 911 Speedster Concept car. The special 911 is a modern machine, but incorporates styling elements from various automobiles from its storied past.
The Speedster name harkens back to the legendary 356 Speedster. In the car ast Porsche has made other 911 models to recapture the name and the core principle of the original Speedster. However, this isn’t just another version of a 911 Speedster. No, the styling elements don’t stop with just the low stance and roofline of the Speedster design. The side mirrors have a classic Talbot shape that help cement the retro styling. The paint work features the historic racing silver color with white accents and numbers on the door. The 50’s style center front hood fuel filler cap finishes off the exterior looks.
Inside weight reduction is very evident. The navigation, radio and air conditioning are all missing. The seats are carbon fiber full buckets. While modern in design, they reach back to the past with their use of light brown natural leather Cognac.
Chassis and Engine
The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is not just a styling makeover. It was developed with the company’s GT division along side the GT3 and GT3 RS. Because of this it gets a 500 horsepower flat-six engine that can keep revving all the way up to 9,000 RPMs. Mated to the engine is a traditional manual transmission. The six-speed helps get all that power to the wheels and the performance exhaust system, featuring titanium tailpipes, sounds incredible.
The chassis is possibly the best you can start with as it uses the same as the 911 GT3. To help keep the car firmly planted 21 inch Fuchs designed wheels fitted with center locks are fitted.
The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is like a best of album from your favorite band. It takes all of the classic elements that have made past Porsches so great. With a naturally aspirated flat-six and a manual transmission as the stars of the show you simply can’t go wrong. Add that to the wind in your head experience and great looks and you have driving heaven.
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