Everything old is new again — at least in the in case of Porsche and what looks to be its newest product: the Speedster.
The company is expected to unveil the updated version of one of its best-known 911 models at the New York International Auto Show next week, if one report is to be believed. Carbuzz, an American automotive website, said it received an anonymous tip that the Speedster is coming.
The source sent the site a copy of an invitation he or she received to attend a charity cocktail party on April 18 “for the unveiling of the new 911 Speedster.
An invitation for an unveiling – which features was looks to be the new-look model on it – is plenty of evidence; however, there is more to suggest that the invite is simply the icing on the cake. The company showed off a silver concept model last year.
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The automaker showed off an updated version at the 2018 Paris Motor Show later that year and test mules have been pictured logging laps at the Nurburgring. Carbuzz speculates the car will be shown during media days with the public debut following in the days after.
Only 1,948 911 Speedsters will be built, the website notes, so if fans like what they see, getting one likely won’t be simple or easy. The last 911 Speedster was available in 2011 and based on the 997-generation Carrera S.
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The new Speedster is expected to use the drivetrain from the current 991.2 GT3 — a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six producing 500 horsepower mated to a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK transmission.
Also uncertain is if the car on the invitation is the car that show up at the event that is the subject of that invite. There are a slew of throwback touches on this model, including the hood-mounted gas cap and throwback side mirrors make production.
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Porsche claimed the production version would remain close to the concept, and if this is the new one, then they’ve lived up to that contention. Carbuzz didn’t have any word on pricing but “we know all 1,948 cars are spoken for. If you want one, you’ll have to pay a hefty premium to pry it out of the hands of another owner.” Fire up those checkbooks folks.