Porsche 911 Speedster To Debut at 2010 Paris Auto Show

Porsche 911 Speedster To Debut at 2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

2010 Paris Auto Show

Just the Facts:
  • 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster will be on display at the Paris auto show.
  • The Speedster is limited to a 356-unit production run.
  • It uses the same 402-horsepower 3.8-liter flat-6 cylinder engine as the 911 Carrera GTS.

STUTTGART, Germany — Porsche will unveil the third-ever Porsche 911 Speedster later this month at the upcoming 2010 Paris Auto Show. The limited-edition, open-top version of the 911 was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the firm's in-house individualization operation, Porsche Exclusive.

Scheduled to take the stand alongside the 911 Carrera GTS, the 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster is planned to be produced in a limited run of just 356 — a figure harking back to the original 356 Speedster that went on sale in 1953. The majority of those 356 Speedsters are earmarked for North American sale.

Adopting the styling cues of the very first Speedster, the new model receives a flamboyant appearance with a unique "chopped" windscreen that has been lowered by 2.4 inches and is more extremely raked than that used on other 911 models. It also gets the wide-body rear end of the 911 Carrera 4S cabriolet.

A plastic cover for what Porsche describes as a "flat, manually operated fabric hood" sits behind the two-seat cabin.

Further distinguishing features include a spoiler below the front bumper, blackened headlamp surrounds and windscreen frame, clear lens turn signals, wider side sills and a rear bumper with vertical air ducts behind the rear wheel arches.

The interior boasts a combination of black leather and various fittings from the Porsche Exclusive catalog. Buyers can choose between two exterior colors: Pure Blue, which has been developed specially for the new car, or Carrera White.

The 2011 Porsche 911 Speedster is powered by the latest version of its 3.8-liter flat-6 cylinder engine. As recently confirmed for the 911 Carrera GTS, it delivers 402 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only gearbox available is a seven-speed PDK double-clutch gearbox with a locking rear differential.

Edmunds.com says: The Porsche stand will be plenty busy at this year's Paris auto show. — Andreas Stahl, Correspondent

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