The photos in this post are of the 911 Speedster Concept Porsche released as part of its 70th anniversary celebration. But new documents sourced from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration confirm at least some lucky Porsche fans will get to pick up a production model. Those documents, first discovered by our friends over at AutoGuide, also mention that a Porsche Panamera GTS, and Panamera Sport Turismo GTS, and a 718 Cayman T are in the mail. So that means even hotter versions of those already-capable sports machines are in the mail too. Obviously, for well-heeled performance fans, this is a good thing.
We’d expect any production version of the 911 Speedster will be fairly limited in number, and will likely be released just as the iconic model’s current 991 platform is one the way out the door. According to Andreas Preuninger, the head of Porsche’s GT division, the Speedster is “basically a 911 R without a roof.” That means it has the 4.0-liter 500-horsepower engine from the GT3 RS, along with a proper six-speed manual. If you want a dual-clutch unit to handle shifting duties, you’ll have to look elsewhere in the 911 lineup, as this car is designed with driver engagement as a priority. And that’s just fine with us.
We don’t know when a 911 Speedster will arrive at your local AutoNation-affiliated Porsche dealer, but watch the video to hear Preuninger discuss the idea behind the concept at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.