This is not a concept anymore, ladies and gentlemen

The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept isn’t a concept anymore. It has evolved into a special edition model after the folks from Stuttgart introduced the 911 Speedster Concept II at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. The 911 Speedster Concept II will be produced as a special edition model that’s limited to only 1,948 units. Porsche hasn’t announced pricing details for the limited edition roadster, but expect an announcement from the German automaker in the next few months. Keep yourselves updated because production of the 911 Speedster Concept II starts in the first half of 2019.

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    500 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    339 (Est.)
  • Displacement:
    4 L
  • 0-60 time:
    3 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    200 mph (Est.)
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2018 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II Exterior

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The exterior of the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II is largely the same as the first incarnation of the concept that Porsche unveiled back in June 2018.

Both versions are based on the 911 Cabriolet 4 Carrera, though Porsche did borrow the 911 GT3’s chassis and built other elements from carbon fiber composite to help keep the roadster’s weight down.

On the design front, the 911 Speedster Concept II features a shorter and more rakish windscreen. If you know your history of Porsche speedsters, you’ll recognize the treatment as something similar to the 356 1500 Speedster. There’s also a carbon fiber rear cover with a double bubble design that conceals the car’s roll-over protection structure. Look closely at the humps and you’ll see that they’re connected by a floating third brake light that illuminates "Porsche" lettering.

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The new concept also has a few design elements that it can call its own. For instance, it arrived at the 2018 Paris Motor Show wearing a Guards Red paint finish.

The color itself has historical roots to Porsche, namely to the 1988 911 Speedster. You’ll notice, too, that the racing decals on the first version of the concept are absent in the second version. It appears that all 1,948 units of the Speedster Concept II won’t carry any of the fancy graphics, at least unless you want Porsche to add them.

Beyond its new color, the 911 Speedster Concept II is also sporting a set of 21-inch center-lock wheels with a cross-spoke design that’s similar to the ones found on the 911 RSR and GT3 R race cars. Tinted daytime running lights come in red to complement the body color of the roadster. The side mirror caps are also nods to classic Porsche speedsters. The Speedster features a lightweight tonneau cover instead of a traditional convertible roof. To give them a modern twist, Porsche designed the mirror caps using black chrome and platinum. The same two materials were also used on the fuel tank cap that’s centrally located on the hood of the roadster.

2018 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II Interior

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In keeping with the theme of the car, the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II’s interior gets similar design elements with its predecessor.

The seats, for instance, are carbon fiber bucket seats. The seats are wrapped in black leather that’s partly perforated and has a smattering of eye-catching red accents. The treatment is different from the first concept, which featured light brown Aniline leather upholstery and Cognac leather door pull straps.

Porsche’s intention to save as much weight on the car is evident in the special edition model, too.

There’s no infotainment system anywhere in the cabin of the roadster. Instead, prospective customers will see nothing but an empty space in the center stack. There are air-conditioning vents in the cabin, though it’s unclear if the production version will have an air conditioning system of its own. The first concept didn’t have any.

All told, Porsche’s minimalist approach to the interior speaks to the nature of the roadster as a special edition model that’s going to cater to a specific group of Porsche enthusiasts.

2018 Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II Drivetrain

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The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II is based on the Porsche 911 Cabriolet 4 Carrera, but its chassis is the same as the one on the Porsche 911 GT3.

Porsche alluded to that, saying that the Speedster Concept II features a 4.0-liter flat-six engine that produces 500 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque. On the flip side, the 911 Speedster Concept II doesn’t share the same standard transmission - a seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission - as the 911 GT3. Instead, it utilizes a standard six-speed manual transmission that Porsche received from its own GT division. That same division is also responsible for engineering the special edition Speedster’s exhaust system and titanium tailpipes.

Porsche didn’t say what kind of performance numbers the 911 Speedster Concept II has. It does source an engine from a car that can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds before setting off on a top speed run that peaks at 197 mph.

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We know that the Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II is lighter than the 911 GT3. It makes you wonder, then, if the lighter weight translates to better performance times.

We’ll know soon enough when the special edition hits the streets, but for now, it’s not entirely out of the question to imagine it being a nick faster. Perhaps a 0-to-60-mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds is within reach? Maybe a top speed of 198 mph, or even 200 mph?

Final Thoughts

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The Porsche 911 Speedster Concept II is the kind of car you’d want in your garage if you’re a fan of Stuttgart’s Speedster tradition.

On its face, the 911 Speedster Concept II is sleeker than the 911 Cabriolet and more potent than the 718 Boxster. It’s a unique Porsche in it of itself because of the elements that came with its creation. It’s essentially a cross between the 911 Cabriolet 4 Carrera and the 911 GT3. But step away from its aesthetics for a second.

The Speedster Concept II isn’t just a novelty Porsche. It’s a special edition model that follows in a long line of chopped-down, open-cockpit Speedsters that Porsche has created over the years.

Whether it’s the 1956 356a Speedster, the 1989 911 Speedster, the 1994 964 Speedster, or, most recently, the 2010 911 Speedster, there’s a long list of iconic Porsche models that have worn the “Speedster” moniker.

This new special edition Porsche will follow in those footsteps once production starts in the early part of 2019. We don’t know what name it’s going to come by — it’s probably not the “911 Speedster Concept II” — but rest assured, when it does arrive, it’s going to be one of the most sought-after special edition models to come out of Porsche in recent memory. The fact that only 1,948 units are earmarked for production will only add to its appeal among Porsche collectors.

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Further Reading

Meet the Porsche Speedster Concept, A 500-Horsepower Six-Speed Monster Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Porsche Speedster Concept I.

2020 Porsche 911 Speedster Exterior Spyshots
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Read our full speculative review on the 2018 Porsche 911 Speedster

1955 - 1958 Porsche 356a Speedster
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Read our full review of the 1955-1958 Porsche 356a Speedster

2010 Porsche 911 Speedster High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2010 Porsche 911 Speedster

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster High Resolution Exterior
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1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

Read our full review of the 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

The concept study, presented during the 70th birthday of the sports car manufacturer, will be produced as a limited special edition: Porsche has decided to start producing the purist Porsche 911 Speedster in the first half of 2019. Exactly 1,948 units of the open-top two-seater will be built. The number reminisces the Porsche 356 “Number 1” that received its operating license on June, 8 back in 1948. In Paris, Porsche presented this year’s second Speedster Concept study. Its Guards Red paintwork is a reference to the 1988 911 Speedster of the G-Model generation. The new cross-spoke 21-inch wheels in cross spoke and the black leather interior create a tasteful and sporty appearance.

Dream becomes reality: The driveable 911 Speedster Concept, initially presented on June 8 in 2018 in Zuffenhausen as a “Heritage” version, will go into production in 2019. The car was developed at Porsche Motorsport in Weissach in cooperation with Style Porsche and Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.

The future 911 Speedster, based on the 991 range, will be the first car to be offered with the new Heritage Design Packages. This exclusive accessory line by Porsche Exclusive allows for an even higher degree of personalization for the 911.

In addition to the eye-catching paintwork, 21-inch center lock wheels are another visual highlight of this latest concept study presented in Paris. Their cross-spoke wheel design is similar to that of Porsche racing cars such as the 911 RSR and the GT3 R. The tinted day-time running lights were also inspired by racing. Matching the study’s paintwork, they are kept in red. The two “Talbot”-shaped exterior mirrors as well as the fuel tank cap – centrally positioned on the bonnet – shine in black-chrome and platinum. In contrast to the previously shown “Heritage” version, the interior is using partly perforated black leather upgraded with red highlights.

All body components as well as the entire technology of both the 911 Speedster Concept cars are identical. This includes the shortened window frames with their lowered cowl top panels and the smaller side windows as well as the carbon-fibre rear bonnet with the double-bubble cover behind the seats. Both cars come with a lightweight Tonneau cover, fitted by Tenax buttons, instead of a convertible soft top.

The concept cars’ body is based on the 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet. The fenders, as well as the front and rear bonnet are made from lightweight carbon fibre composite while the chassis was taken from the 911 GT3. Furthermore, the GT development department provided the exhaust system with its titanium tailpipes and the drivetrain including the manually operated six-speed gearbox. The same goes for the centrepiece of the limited special edition: The Speedster Concept is powered by a naturally-aspirated flat-six engine developing more than 500 hp and capable of engine speeds up to 9,000 rpm.

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