Porsche 911 Speedster debuts in North America with 502hp

Porsche 911 Speedster debuts in North America with 502hp

The result is a seriously fast, undeniably sexy Porsche that weighs 3,230 pounds and can hit 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds. 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). The conventional handles have been swapped for fabric pulls, while the door bins have been replaced in favour of fabric storage nets. The standard black leather interior can be supplemented with red stitching for the dashboard and "Speedster" logos on the headrests.

The motor revs till 9,000 rpm, and in this application, it has been enhanced with individual throttle bodies that make the throttle response even sharper, "just like in the 911 GT3 R race auto", Porsche says. With this option, the door pulls are also fitted in red, and the GT Sport steering wheel is decorated with a red 12 o'clock centre marker.

The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster has just been introduced at the ongoing New York Auto Show after the vehicle was shown off in concept guise late a year ago. The fabric top is operated manually but has an electrically operated latch to lock and unlock it. It produces 374kW of power and 469Nm of torque, sent to the rear wheels through the GT3's six-speed manual transmission.

The Speedster will be available to order in May in the United States 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. All in, the 911 Speedster weighs just 1,465 kg. That is the same engine found in the 911 GT3 and 911 GT3 RS models. That said, as with other special edition Porsches, you'll likely have to fight the throngs of other deep-pocketed Porsche enthusiasts in order to listen to the 911 Speedster's 9,000 rpm GT3-song.

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The interior of the 911 Speedster has also seen weight reductions.

The history of the Speedster began in the USA in the 1950s. The forefather of Porsche Speedster models, the 356 1500 America Roadster, had an aluminium body manufactured entirely by hand.

Featuring slot-in curtain windows for the doors, a folding top and lightweight bucket seats, just 16 units of this U.S. market special was built.

Stuttgart's new 374kW drop-top is essentially a GT3 sans roof, and it's limited to just 1948 units.

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