Porsche first unveiled its 991 Speedster in concept form this June, but has now confirmed that the car is headed for production in the first half of 2019 as a limited edition of 1948 units. And since the new Speedster is based on the GT3's chassis with a 500 horsepower flat-six revving to 9,000 rpm, this might just be the fastest road-legal way to celebrate Porsche's 70th anniversary.
The prototype was initially presented at Zuffenhausen as a 'Heritage' version, developed by Porsche Motorsport in cooperation with Style Porsche and Porsche Exclusive. Now, the Paris Motor Show is here and so is a version in Guards Red, tipping its Tonneau cover to the 1988 964 Speedster. Based on these 'concepts', the 991 Speedster will keep its “Talbot”-shaped exterior mirrors and central fuel tank cap, finished in black-chrome and platinum.
The Paris car's interior is wrapped in perforated black leather upgraded with red highlights. It also has red tinted day-time running lights. 991 Speedsters have shortened window frames with lowered cowl top panels and smaller side windows, as well as a carbon-fiber hood with double-bubble covers. The lightweight Tonneau covers are fitted thanks to Tenax buttons, and the process might be worth practicing before you hit a rainstorm with the top off.
The Speedster uses the GT3 chassis with a naturally-aspirated 500hp engine, six-speed manual gearbox, titanium tailpipes and 21-inch center lock wheels. Its body is based on the Carrera 4 Cabriolet, with the fenders and hoods made of carbon fiber. Stone guards come standard, and Porsche will build 1948, in honor of the year that gave Porsche 356 “Number 1” its operating license. With only two 993 Speedsters, no 996 Speedster and 356 997 Speedsters built, that's a generous number for those who want a special 991 before the 992 takes over.