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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:06 pm    Post subject: 911 [991] Speedster debuts with 493bhp 4.0 GT3 Engine Reply with quote

Porsche has officially revealed the production version of the 911 Speedster as a final send-off for the 991-generation 911.

On display at this week's New York motor show, the soft-top Speedster is the first to be developed by Porsche's motorsport division. It arrives with the same 4.0-litre flat-six as the current 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, and receives individual throttle bodies similar to the 911 GT3 R race car for improved response under acceleration.

The naturally-aspirated engine revs to 9000rpm, develops 495bhp and 346lb ft of torque, and is paired exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox. The Speedster promises a 192mph top speed and can crack 0-60mph in 3.8 seconds.

The performance-focused Speedster uses a chassis based on the current GT3, with which it shares the same rear axle steering, dynamic engine mounts and 20in centre-lock alloy wheels. It has a low-cut front windscreen and twin streamliners behind the cabin that have become emblematic of the Speedster range.

Weight saving measures include manual operation for the fabric roof, and ceramic brakes are standard. Body panels, including the front luggage lid, are made from carbon fiber composite, and air conditioning is omitted as standard (though it can be added back in as a no-cost option). Lightened door panels inside the cabin help reduce weight further, with fabric door pulls and cargo nets helping the Speedster to weigh in at 1465kg.

Originally teased last year in concept form for Porsche's 70th anniversary, this latest model now becomes the ninth 911 to bear the Speedster name. It becomes the final form of the 991-generation 911, the 992-generation model having launched at the end of 2018.

The Speedster will be available to order in May in the US from $275,750 (roughly £211,000) and will be limited to just 1948 examples, in a nod to the year the Porsche 356 first went on sale. That number is significantly higher than for the 997-generation car that was the last to carry the Speedster name; just 356 were produced, using an engine shared with the 3.8-litre Carrera GTS.

First deliveries are due before the end of 2019. UK pricing and allocation has yet to be confirmed.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No doubt all already spoken for by various dealer principals' bezzie mates.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Place your bets on which specialist will get one advertised first (if not already).

And a bonus point for the price.

I'll go first

Redline @ £350k
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

m119cars wrote:
Place your bets on which specialist will get one advertised first (if not already).

And a bonus point for the price.

I'll go first

Redline @ £350k


Expect wildcard private sellers (trader's partner usually) cropping up early on asking for £400k Question

But it's a good question m119cars

how much will the early cars get traded for Question Question with 1,948 examples it might not be in the crazy money (£300k-500k!) of the limited 250 example 997 Sport Classic from 2010

then again the 911 {991) Turbo S Exclusive Series from 2018 was limited to 500 units and hasn't done so badly, as didnt I see one up for close to £300k the other day Hand

not forgetting the 2015 911R that was limited to 991 units is still selling strongly

so in a bruce play your cars right, i'm going £399,991
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

1948 globally could still equate to a small number of UK cars. So what will the market do for what is essentially a very exclusive GT3 convertible at the start of summer ... ? I reckon that the first flipper to gain a physical car will chance their arm at £450k. I don't know whether they will get a buyer at that, but I will be very surprised if they don't try.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had lunch with a guy in the US who has owned a lot of speedsters and other cars we now think of as unicorns. He has a background in automotive design including working on the original Mercedes Grosser Thumb he made a great point about these collectible modern cars. Cars need to be “rare” as they get older and you still have to be able to maintain them with available parts. With 50’s to 80’s cars that can mean having someone make the parts. Easy with the plastics etc but not so much for the 20 or 30 processor units in modern cars?

Either way it’s great that Porsche produce a last huzzah model like this. And that it is Something a bit more unusual than just different stickers or trim Thumb
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