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Porsche Speedster Goes Into Production

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2018 Porsche Speedster Concept

The Porsche Speedster was one of the more popular concepts to come out of Germany in the past few years, and the luxury automaker has finally announced what everyone had hoped would be true: it will go into production and remain a concept no longer.

However, accessibility will be low. Only 1,948 units will be made as a callback to the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that originated in June 1948, and that seems somewhat fitting given that the Speedster concept came to be as an homage to past Porsche models.

The future 911 Speedster will be the first Porsche to be offered with the company’s new Heritage Design Packages, a new and exclusive line of accessories that allow for heritage-inspired personalization.

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That being said, the 911 Speedster will already come out of the box with a few derivative designs, such as cross-spoke wheels that mirror those of the 911 RSR and GT3 R, the red paint that references the 1988 Speedster, and the tinted daytime running lights now commonly seen on racing cars.

Just about everything from the concept will carry over to the production version, including the shortened window frames and carbon fiber engine cover, as well as a lightweight tonneau cover instead of a traditional convertible soft top.

The body is based on that of a 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet and the chassis borrowed from a 911 GT3. Porsche’s GT department also provided a titanium exhaust system and manual six-speed gearbox, which will be mated to a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing over 500 horsepower.

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