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Old 09-21-2010, 09:15 AM   #1
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Porsche has resurrected the 911 Speedster 16 years and three model generations after it last featured in its line-up — and a hotter, turbocharged version could follow.
The new car is just the third 911 Speedster to be placed into series production and it follows tradition by being based on the existing cabriolet version of the model.
See the official pics of the new Porsche 911 Speedster
Paying homage to the car that kicked off Porsche’s fascination with the chopped-top look — the 356 Speedster, launched in 1953 — the new 911 Speedster uses standard bodywork but receives a 60mm shorter and more heavily raked windscreen than other 911s.
A plastic tonneau cover behind the cabin also receives a double-bubble treatment reminiscent of that which graced the first 911 Speedster in 1988. The overall appearance is further enhanced by the adoption of the widened rear bodywork of the latest 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet, with its 44mm wider wheel housings.
Read the full story on the Porsche 911 GTS
A flat, manually operated fabric hood is designed to provide some protection from the elements, although it is unlikely to be as sturdy as the standard 911 cabriolet’s automatic roof.
Created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Porsche Exclusive — the company’s in-house personalisation programme — the latest 911 also receives an additional chin spoiler at the base of the front bumper, tinted indicator lamps, blackened headlamp surrounds and windscreen frame, unique side sills and a rear bumper with 911 GT3-style air vents behind the rear wheel arches.
Inside, there is a combination of black leather and colour-keyed elements taken from the Porsche Exclusive catalogue.
Read Autocar's scoop story on the next Porsche 911
Power for the 911 Speedster comes from the same 3.8-litre motor that was unveiled last week in the 911 Carrera GTS, with 402bhp and 310lb ft. But insiders say Porsche could follow the original 356’s plan by introducing a Super Speedster shortly after this car’s launch; it would probably use the 911 Turbo’s powerplant.
Standard equipment on the Speedster includes Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox, a locking differential, adaptive damping and carbon-ceramic brakes.
Porsche plans to produce just 356 examples of the new model. It's due on sale in the UK in January 2011, priced at £144,100.
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Old 09-21-2010, 10:00 AM   #2
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Porsche people are going to love it. I think the double bubble looked bad on the 964 and does not look good today.

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Old 09-21-2010, 10:07 AM   #3
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Looks humpbacked.

I want to like it, really I do... but it's no where near as graceful as the Boxster Spyder.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:37 AM   #4
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The Tonneau cover is a bit bulky, but I'd still take one!
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Old 09-21-2010, 12:19 PM   #5
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I like the color. I'll wait until I see on in person to see how it all works together. I think it could go either way from the pics.
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Old 09-21-2010, 01:10 PM   #6
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Love the Look and the color scheme!
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:38 PM   #7
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So this is the next generation small penis car? Methinks the profile view is going to look terrible.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:39 PM   #8
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Yuck!

If you wanted a topless 2-seater, that's what the Boxster was created for. The back end of this thing looks terrible.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:55 PM   #9
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Yuck!

If you wanted a topless 2-seater, that's what the Boxster was created for. The back end of this thing looks terrible.
They've been selling a convertible 911 for some time, you know.
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Old 09-21-2010, 06:50 PM   #10
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Looks like a full load in that diaper...
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Old 09-21-2010, 07:01 PM   #11
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Porsche people are going to love it. I think the double bubble looked bad on the 964 and does not look good today.

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I think a convertible porsche goes against the very core of their existence, and have never found the speedsters to be attractive. This one however looks pretty damn good IMO. I kinda like how the humps look on both this and the spyder...
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:26 PM   #12
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Speedster is such a tacky name... yuck.
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Old 09-21-2010, 09:37 PM   #13
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Do not like the back and the windshield is not very speedster like. Boxster Spyder FTW.
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Boxster Spyder FTW.
is there another kind??

convertibles are FTL. other than that this car is cool, a turbo would be sweet as well. I just dont understand why manufacturers are willing to hinder a vehicle's performance so people can enjoy the wind in their hair.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:18 AM   #16
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convertibles are FTL. other than that this car is cool, a turbo would be sweet as well. I just dont understand why manufacturers are willing to hinder a vehicle's performance so people can enjoy the wind in their hair.
Because people will pay for it. In the real world, there are plenty of folks who are quite happy to give up bleeding edge performance for the fun of a drop top.
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:27 PM   #17
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is there another kind??

convertibles are FTL. other than that this car is cool, a turbo would be sweet as well. I just dont understand why manufacturers are willing to hinder a vehicle's performance so people can enjoy the wind in their hair.
The boxter and boxter spyder are different cars. Just to be correct...I really don't care about the pedestrian porsches, and I'd never buy one even if i had the money.

Having said that, where'd the air intakes behind the doors go?
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Old 09-22-2010, 12:35 PM   #18
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I love it.
Straight up shooting brake style.

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Old 09-22-2010, 12:56 PM   #19
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I think a convertible porsche goes against the very core of their existence, and have never found the speedsters to be attractive. This one however looks pretty damn good IMO. I kinda like how the humps look on both this and the spyder...
WHA??????

The first Porsche sports car, the prototype for the 356 was a mid-engined roadster.

Most of the 356s were soft-tops.

Other than the anti-convertible mentality in the late 70's through the late 80's, when Porsche did Targa tops, instead, Porsche has otherwise very much been into drop-top cars, and open-top race cars.

Look at the 550 and 718RSK. Much more common than the 904.

Both the Carrera GT, and now the 918 are open cars, the Carrera GT having a split targa panel that can be installed, but it isn't a fixed-roof coupe.

The entire 986 Boxster was convertible only. The Cayman didn't arrive until the 987 series.

You may not like convertibles, but they are very much integral to Porsche's core values, since the beginning.

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I love it.
Straight up shooting brake style.

I am thinking that word doesn't mean what you think it means. A shooting brake is a car with a long fixed roof, usually two side doors, and a wagon-like back end with a vertical hatchback. Volvo P1800ES, maybe the new C30 might be considered "shooting brake" style cars. A two-door meld between a coupe and wagon, essentially.

A convertible that is a sports car (2-seats usually), with a minimal or no top, would be considered a roadster.

BTW, I think the 9ff Speed 9 pulls off the speedster look much better, although it probably has no top at all. And those fender intakes are still there, for those TURBO INTERCOOLERS.

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Old 09-22-2010, 01:28 PM   #20
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convertibles are FTL. other than that this car is cool, a turbo would be sweet as well. I just dont understand why manufacturers are willing to hinder a vehicle's performance so people can enjoy the wind in their hair.
That's pretty narrow minded thinking. I've owned a number of convertibles and if designed properly they give up nothing to a hardtop car. It's about the enjoyment it brings to owning the car.

And we don't drive race cars here, yourself included it seems. You could say Subaru hindered your cars performance by loading it up with rear doors and seats.
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That's pretty narrow minded thinking. I've owned a number of convertibles and if designed properly they give up nothing to a hardtop car. It's about the enjoyment it brings to owning the car.

And we don't drive race cars here, yourself included it seems. You could say Subaru hindered your cars performance by loading it up with rear doors and seats.
where did race cars come from? if i could, i would drive a race here, or there, or even over there. and no, i wouldnt say that about Subaru because all they did was amp performance up from the lowly Impreza to my car, the WRX, and then even more to the STI. They didnt design a super tough coupe STI version to begin with, and then water it down to an NA sedan grocery getter. and they for dam sure didnt put a rag on top and then in turn have to add a bunch of weight to make it as strong as a regular car with a fixed top. so ha.
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WHA??????

The first Porsche sports car, the prototype for the 356 was a mid-engined roadster.

Most of the 356s were soft-tops.

Other than the anti-convertible mentality in the late 70's through the late 80's, when Porsche did Targa tops, instead, Porsche has otherwise very much been into drop-top cars, and open-top race cars.

Look at the 550 and 718RSK. Much more common than the 904.

Both the Carrera GT, and now the 918 are open cars, the Carrera GT having a split targa panel that can be installed, but it isn't a fixed-roof coupe.

The entire 986 Boxster was convertible only. The Cayman didn't arrive until the 987 series.

You may not like convertibles, but they are very much integral to Porsche's core values, since the beginning.



I am thinking that word doesn't mean what you think it means. A shooting brake is a car with a long fixed roof, usually two side doors, and a wagon-like back end with a vertical hatchback. Volvo P1800ES, maybe the new C30 might be considered "shooting brake" style cars. A two-door meld between a coupe and wagon, essentially.

A convertible that is a sports car (2-seats usually), with a minimal or no top, would be considered a roadster.

BTW, I think the 9ff Speed 9 pulls off the speedster look much better, although it probably has no top at all. And those fender intakes are still there, for those TURBO INTERCOOLERS.

See kids, if you're going to make a vert, smooth the ass of it down so it doesn't look like it has implants.
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Old 09-22-2010, 04:02 PM   #23
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I like it. It's beefy but works and it's hard to tell the windshield is that much shorter, but I'll agree that even a regular 997 Cab looks much more graceful and natural.
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A shooting brake is a car with a long fixed roof, usually two side doors, and a wagon-like back end with a vertical hatchback. Volvo P1800ES, maybe the new C30 might be considered "shooting brake" style cars. A two-door meld between a coupe and wagon, essentially
Look at this picture.


The point I was trying to make was that at this angle, it has that look to it. Almost like an M coupe, with the top cut off.

At any rate, I still like it.
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The boxter and boxter spyder are different cars. Just to be correct...I really don't care about the pedestrian porsches, and I'd never buy one even if i had the money.

Having said that, where'd the air intakes behind the doors go?
You may have to look underneath the car for NACA style ducts for cooling. Just a guess on my part though.
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