Designed to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Porsche, as well as the end of production of the 991-generation Porsche 911, we knew that the new 911 Speedster is born to be flashy – but we weren’t prepared to be wowed quite like that when we saw it in the metal.
The Speedster on display for the media at Porsche Centre Ara Damansara was fitted with the Heritage Design Package, featuring a GT Metallic Silver paintjob contrasted by white “spear” graphics at the front stretching across the front fenders, 50’s-styled Porsche crest, gold Speedster badges, customisable race number, as well as a old-school Porsche script decal on the side.
We must say the retro-inspired decals work really well with the extravagant Speedster shape, featuring the carbon fibre “double-bubble streamliners” that also act as a roll-over protection for the passengers. While the 911 Speedster is based off of the GT3, several changes were made to the exterior – such as the more inclined windscreens – to make the Speedster truly special.
Also, check out how the rear cover opens up – hiding underneath the large carbon fibre piece is a lightweight (and manually-attached) tonneau cover, as well as the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated flat-six engine from the GT3, pushing 510 hp and 470 Nm of torque to the rear wheels.
The fanciness continues inside, with a lush-looking Cognac leather upholstery wrapped around the large carbon-fibre bucket seats and dashboard. However, we – being the driving enthusiasts that we are – were immediately drawn to the manual gearknob on the centre console – yes, the 911 Speedster comes with a manual gearbox(!).
This being the Heritage Design edition, the gear knob cover and the refreshingly-simple steering wheel’s centre marking were given a retro-licious off-white colour. Other Heritage Design Package touches include the gold “70 Years of Porsche” badge with the car’s serial number (X / 1,948) wedged between the two seats, as well as the gold Speedster badging on the dashboard.
Being special does come at a price, though. The 1,948-units-only Porsche 911 Speedster starts at RM2.7 million a pop, and that’s before factoring in the optional Heritage Design Package that you’d definitely want. For more detailed information on the swansong of the 991 generation Porsche 911, do check out our Facts & Figures launch article on the Speedster, as well as our walkaround video!