Porsche continues celebrating the 70th anniversary of its sports cars and unveils the thrillingcts the Essence 911 Speedster Concept, that pays tribute to the very first Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster, which received its operating permit on June 8, 1948. The historically accurate execution of the 911 Speedster Concept reflects the essence of the Stuttgart-based sports car manufacturer, while all elements of the car emphasize a pure driving experience. The powertrain under the two-tone painted body of the concept is derived from current GT models.
The 911 Speedster Concept is characterized by a shorter windshield frame with a greater windscreen angle and shorter side windows. A rear decklid made of carbon fiber connects behind the front seats, covering supplemental safety bars and featuring two “streamliners”, that was a traditional element this sports car design since the first 911 Speedster was introduced in 1988. Two contrasting black slats between the “streamliners” add an aerodynamic touch, and a transparent Plexiglas wind deflector features an etched ‘70 years of Porsche’ logo.
The 911 Speedster Concept features a lightweight tonneau cover attached using eight Tenax fasteners, in place of a convertible top. To reduce the car’s weight, Porsche removed the navigation, radio and air conditioning systems and installed the Full Bucket Seats made of carbon fiber and wrapped in light brown natural leather in Cognac.
The body of the concept car was adopted from the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The fenders, front trunk lid and the rear decklid cover of the concept are made of light-weight carbon fiber reinforced polymer composite material. Porsche’s early race cars elements were incorporated in the new 911 Speedster Concept: traditional GT Silver Metallic and White paintwork; the 50s-style central fuel tank cap positioned in the front trunk lid; the classic Talbot shape of the exterior; transparent and opaque surfaces on the headlight covers.
Its chassis is essentially derived from the 911 GT3. Imposing 21-inch Fuchs-design rims with contrasting high gloss polished petals details are unique to the 911 Speedster Concept. It is the first time that Fuchs-design wheels have been fitted with center locks. The GT development department also supplies the exhaust system with titanium tailpipes and the powertrain, which includes a six-speed manual transmission. The sports car is powered by the naturally aspirated flat-six engine that delivers over 500 horsepower and revs up to 9,000 rpm.
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