Porsche’s 911 Speedster Concept is the brand’s perfect birthday gift for itself

Celebrates both the age of speedsters and the 991’s career end

On its 70th anniversary, Porsche looks back at the 356 ‘No. 1’ Roadster with a modern take on its iconic Speedster body using the current-generation Porsche 911 (991).

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept is practically a 911 GT3. The chassis comes from the GT3 and it was developed at Porsche’s Motorsport Centre in Weissach, where the carmaker coined the 911 GT2 RS and GT3 RS, but the wide body comes from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet.

According to Porsche, the prototype ‘offers a glimpse of a potential series-production version, although this model may not be presented until 2019,’ with a decision waiting to be made in the following months - most likely, Porsche will be looking to gauge impressions from customers, public and media before taking an official step. Even so, we’re looking at a small batch of cars, which will probably be sold before they actually debut.

To evoque the age of Porsche speedsters, the concept features a more tilted windscreen and shorter side windows as well as a ‘double bubble’ covering the rollover safety mechanism as seen in the 911 Speedster concept from 1988.

Powertrain-wise, we’re looking at a 4-liter, naturally-aspirated flat-six making 500 hp - again, coming from the 911 GT3 - married to a six-speed manual.

On the visual front, the concept gets lovely 21-inch Fuchs alloy wheels with center locks, the body color is a combo GT Silver and White.

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