When it comes to 70th birthday presents, the Porsche Speedster Concept was a particularly good one. Initially presented in Zuffenhausen on June 8 in 2018 to coincide with the exact date seven decades ago when the very first Porsche 356 received its operating license, the 911 Speedster was a fully driveable concept that many suspected would enter limited production.
Well, Porsche has just released a second Speedster Concept just in time for the Pairs Motor Show and officially confirmed that it will indeed put it into production, 1,948 units in total, to coincide with its anniversary date.
The nod to Porsche’s history continues with the Guards Red paintwork that adorns the new Porsche Concept Speedster II, a color used on the 1988 911 Speedster. It is perhaps not surprising that this model will be the first car to be offered with the new Heritage Design Packages too.
This exclusive accessory line by Porsche Exclusive will allow for an even higher degree of personalization for 911 models. The concept car’s body is based on a Carrera 4 Cabriolet but borrows its chassis, drivetrain, and gearbox from the GT3. Most importantly, the naturally-aspirated 500 horsepower flat-six engine and six-speed manual transmission are also borrowed from the GT3.
Both Speedster concepts share this basic layout, however the Guards Red example featured here has red-tinted daytime running lights, 21-inch wheels and a black leather interior with red highlights.
A lightweight Tonneau cover can be erected over the car in case of rain but we doubt many owners will be taking their limited-edition Speedsters out in inclement weather. Production is slated to start in 2019 and as with most limited-edition Porsches, it's best to get in line before they are all gone.