Shift up to the RM2.7mil Porsche 911 Speedster

By CARSIFU | 2 June 2020

KUALA LUMPUR. The Porsche 911 Speedster gets a virtual launch in Malaysia today, set against a pandemic backdrop.

Distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance said the model is limited to only 1,948 units worldwide and it is selling in Malaysia from RM2.7mil.

In line with its puristic driving dynamics, it is only equipped with a manual six-speed sports transmission.

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Forming an elegant bridge from the 356 to the 911, the two-seater Speedster is reminiscent of its famous predecessor and nods to the vehicle’s history in its exterior and interior design.

The first GT-based Speedster, the new 911 Speedster features a 4-litre six-cylinder flat engine delivering 510hp and 470Nm to complement the soundtrack of the high-performance naturally aspirated engine.

The heart of the new Speedster is borrowed from the 911 GT3. The naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer engine with four-litre displacement is a pure GT engine.

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It boasts an emotional high-speed concept with engine speeds of up to 9,000 rpm that delivers the peak power of 510hp. The engine delivers a maximum torque of 470Nm at 6,250 rpm.

The car accelerates from zero to 100kph in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310kph.

Compared with the previous 911 GT3, the engine in the Speedster is fitted with two petrol particulate filters and still manages 10hp more.

This is due to improvements to the high-pressure fuel injectors with optimised spray pattern as well as a modified intake system with individual throttle valves, which enables a more spontaneous response to throttle commands.

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The newly developed lightweight stainless steel sports exhaust system weighs 10kg less, despite the addition of the two particulate filters.

The gearbox has an auto-blip function which compensates differences in engine speed between the gears when downshifting through automatic throttle blips.

Auto-blip can be activated at any time, in other words also independently from the chosen PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) variable damping system setting.

A mechanical rear differential lock with asymmetric locking action rounds off sporty power transmission.

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With its sporty rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts, the chassis is based on the technology of the 911 GT3.

Control systems such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and PASM with sports tuning and lowering by 25 millimetres have been adapted to the new requirements.

The open-top two-seater runs on 20-inch forged Speedster alloy wheels with central locks.

The standard equipment includes PCCB brakes (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) with internally vented and perforated ceramic composite disc brakes.

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Taking centre stage is the aesthetically shaped convertible top compartment lid with its double-bubble streamliners – a quintessential feature of this sports car type ever since the 911 Speedster from over 30 years ago.

It is the largest and most complex component to date that Porsche has used in a road model made of a single piece of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic.

Two trim elements in the double bubbles make room for the roll-over protection system as need, included in the two-seater as a standard feature just like in the 911 Carrera Cabriolet.

A weight-saving roof structure replaces the basic tonneau cover of the concept vehicle. Despite its puristic design, the fabric convertible top is suitable for everyday use.

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The carbon-fibre composite bonnet weighs 2kg lighter than on the 911 GT3. The front apron was borrowed from the GT3, but the front spoiler lip is a completely new development.

Instead of the Talbot mirrors used on the concept vehicle, the production version of the new Speedster features electrically adjustable Sport Design exterior mirrors.

The extending, aerodynamically tuned rear spoiler and rear apron have been adopted from the 911 GT3 Touring for the Speedster.

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The interior is characterised by black leather elements for the side bolsters and head restraints of the carbon-fibre composite full-bucket seats, the armrests in the door trims and the shortened gear lever. The centre panels of the seats are upholstered in perforated leather, while the lightweight door panels with black "door pulls" and stowage nets reduce the overall weight.

“Speedster” logos adorn the head restraints and the visible carbon door sills as well as the central rev counter.

Like the other instruments, it has black dials with white needles as well as green digits and scales – features reminiscent of its famous forebear, the Porsche 356 Speedster.

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A limited-edition badge on the cross structure behind the front seats shows the serial number of the 911 Speedster, which is limited to just 1,948 units.

Porsche also optionally offers the new 911 Speedster with a Heritage Design package.

This exclusive exterior and interior detailed package re-interprets classic elements from the 1950s and 1960s - this includes the interior colour scheme in Black and Cognac with golden details.

Special “spears” paintwork in White for the front fascia and front wings is applied to the basic vehicle paintwork in GT Silver Metallic.


Historic looking motorsports decals for the doors and front lid complete the package. The Porsche crests, the gold-coloured logos and historic “PORSCHE” lettering on the sides of the vehicle correspond to the designs used in the 50s and 60s.

The new 911 Speedster will be on display at Porsche Centre Sungai Besi from June 13 for a limited time only. Showroom visits are by appointment.

Meanwhile, watch the Malaysia digital premiere of the sports car at 8.00pm tonight via the Porsche Malaysia Facebook page or from the Sime Darby Auto Performance YouTube channel as shown above.

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