Sime Darby Auto Performance, official distributors of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia has launched the 991 generation Porsche 911 Speedster – a model that marks the end of the 991 generation model where Porsche has sold over 233,000 units of. This makes the 991 generation the best-selling Porsche 911 ever.
The 911 Speedster, where a unit was donated to an auction to fund the Covid-19 battle, pays tribute to the Porsche 356 1500 Speedster; featuring a lightweight tonneau cover instead of a convertible top.
While it may look like just another 911 with an open top and “double bubble streamliners” as Porsche calls it, there are significant tweaks to the exterior of the car. The “double bubble streamliners” for starters is made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic which also serves as rollover protection.
It’s also been given a wider profile inspired by the Carrera 4 Convertible, a more inclined windscreen and shortened side window frames. That’s not all; not only is it built on a GT3 chassis, it’s also benefits from a GT3 engine.
- Engine: 4.0-litre 6-cylinder naturally-aspirated boxer engine
- Transmission: 6-speed manual with Auto Blip (or in other words “computerised heel and toe”)
- Drivetrain: Rear-wheel drive with rear-wheel steer
- Suspension: Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM)
- Horsepower: 510 hp @ 8,400 rpm
- Torque: 470 Nm @ 6,250 rpm
- 0 to 100 km/h: 4 seconds
- Top Speed: 310 km/h
Complementing the 6-speed manual transmission is a mechanical rear locking differential. The 911 Speedster also comes with the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) system while the suspension has been set up to lower the car by 25 mm.
- 20-inch forged Speedster alloy wheels with centre locks
- Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake
- Carbon fibre bonnet
- Sport Design side mirrors
Unlike the 911 Speedster concept we saw last year, the local Speedster does not come with a 50’s-inspired fuel cap on the front bonnet, the super cool Talbot design side mirrors or even the Fuchs designs wheels. Disappointing.
Weight saving measures are also applied on the inside of the car with carbon fibre bucket seats and lightweight door panels. To keep you reminded of what a special car it is, Speedster logos can be seen everywhere – on the rev counter, head rests, and on the carbon door sills.
Wedged between the seats is a “70 Years of Porsche” badge that’s finished in gold – a milestone the Speedster was built to commemorate – along with the serial number of the car. In total, Porsche will only build 1,948 units of the 911 Speedster, with prices starting from RM2.7 million a pop.
Porsche 911 Speedster
Porsche 911 Speedster Concept