The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster’s local price has been confirmed and it’s shockingly high.
Porsche Oz has announced the limited edition Speedster will charge $604,800 when it lands in this year’s fourth quarter.
Limited to 1948 units worldwide, in a nod to the 356 Speedster’s roots and the brand’s 70th’s anniversary, Australia will get a small “double digits” allocation, further boosting the car’s local exclusivity.
It’s sure to be the brand’s most expensive car on sale, justified by the car’s mixture of 911 R, GT3 and cabriolet components to create this successor to the Speedster versions of its 1989 911 and original 356.
Defined by that rear carbon fibre ‘double-bubble’ shell, it’ll house the most recent GT3’s 4.0-litre flat six and some unique fuel, intake and exhaust tuning.
As a result, power increases from the donor car by 7kW and sits at a total of 375kW and 470Nm. A lighter six-speed manual transmission with a ‘shortened’ lever and a mechanical LSD handle the grunt before sending it to 20-inch wheels.
A 9000rpm redline, 310km/h top speed, and a 4.0sec sprint to 100km/h from rest headline its key specs.
Standard ceramic carbon brakes sharpen the focus on light weight, as do a stainless steel exhaust system, for example, that is 10kg lighter than a GT3’s.
Then there are its 911 R carbon fibre composite front bumper and guards that surround a GT3-spec front bumper. Oh, and carbon fibre bucket seats sit inside the cabin.
The front lip, apparently, is completely new, though disappointingly, its wing mirrors are not. Porsche has ditched the concept car’s bullet-style wing mirrors and centre fuel cap.
However, if you’re keen on a retro vibe, a Heritage Design package can add a Cognac/Black interior colour scheme, along with silver exterior paint and a special ‘spears’ white treatment to the front-end. We’re awaiting word on price.
Finally, cruise control and an axle-lift function is standard, while Apple Carplay can be added at no extra cost.