Highlight Of The 991 Series
Without any doubt, Porsche produced some iconic models amongst its 991 series, such as the 911 GT2 RS. And the German brand had a great apex to complete its 991 generation. It is called Porsche 911 Speedster, and it was launched as a highlight at the end of the series. It was unveiled to the public at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a concept and was officially green-lighted for production after the 2019 New York Auto Show. This Porsche masterpiece is limited to just 1948 units. The quantity is an homage to the year 1948 when Porsche’s first 356 was built. Sometimes the Porsche 911 Speedster is also called 991 Speedster among Porsche fans, referring to the 991 generation.
The last model to bear the famous designation was the 997-generation 911 Speedster, which was limited to just 356 units worldwide. It was unveiled in 2010 and held the crown as the reigning Speedster until the introduction of the 991 Speedster.
Porsche Boxer Engine
Inside the beautiful 991 Speedster sits the 3,996 cc six-cylinder boxer engine from the GT3. It delivers an impressive 510 PS (375 kW) and accelerates the 911 from 0-100 km/h in 4 seconds. The 4.5m long masterpiece only needs 12.2 seconds to get from 0 km/h to 200 km/h and has a top speed of 310 km/h. The 4.0L GT3 engine is coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission allowing the owner to test his limits and skills. In addition to the boxer engine, the 911 Speedster comes with all-wheel steering and a ceramic braking system. The chassis of the latest Speedster is derived from the 911 GT3 models with specially calibrated rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts
911 Speedster Design
What differentiates the Porsche 911 Speedster from its siblings is the signature “hump” shaped double-bubble roof cover. Along with the deep-cut front and side windows, as well as the manually operated lightweight fabric top, the characteristic of a Speedster model makes the car immediately stand out from other 911 models. The design of the supercar tends for Porsche fans who love open driving.
Extensive lightweight design measures help reduce the weight of the new 911 Speedster. Worth mentioning here is the cover of the soft top, which is the largest carbon-fiber body part Porsche has installed on a road-going sports car. The front hood and front fenders are also carbon fiber composite and were already used on the 911 R to reduce weight.
To save additional weight, the air conditioning is omitted as standard, but it can be added free of charge at the customer’s request. The six-speed manual transmission saves around 4.5 kilograms compared with the seven-speed manual transmission known from other 911 models and almost 20 kilograms compared with a PDK dual-clutch. The interior of the 911 Speedster is characterized by minimalism. Lightweight door panels with baffle nets and door handles underscore the quest for weight reduction. With this clear focus on lightweight construction, the 2019 911 Speedster weighs just 1,465 kilograms.
Price & Collection Potential
The base price of the superstar of Porsche’s 991 generation was originally EUR 279,000. Depending on the specifications, owners ended up paying around EUR 300,000 to 350,000 for one of their 1948 supercars.
At the beginning of deliveries, the demand was immense, and the Speedsters on the secondary market fetched a premium of over EUR 100,000. Nowadays, the demand normalized again as the current market price for the 911 Speedster (991 generation) is slightly higher than its retail price at around EUR 350,000 to 380,000.
The Porsche 911 Speedster is the apex and final stage of the 991 series. And despite its limited-edition of 1948 units, it is neither a car for showing off nor a true garage queen. It is one to sit inside and enjoy the pure driving joy that Porsche stands for.
911 Speedster (of the 991 generation)
Starting price was around EUR 300,000 depending on the specifications. The current market price is slightly above at around EUR 370,000.
When to drive:
Driving around curves with this Porsche masterpiece is even more fun than the brutal acceleration on a straight road. It almost seems as if the Porsche 911 Speedster knows precisely what you’re thinking and darts right along the perfect driving line.
What we love about the car:
A Porsche 911 Speedster is a must-have for all Porsche collectors around the globe. The German supercar manufacturer managed to build a car that embodies history, tradition as well as performance.
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