The 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster debuted at the New York Auto Show, complete with the front luggage compartment lid, front fenders, and rear decklid all made from carbon fiber composite material, and with Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes.
In 2018 Porsche presented two 911 Speedster Concept vehicles in celebration of its 70th anniversary as a sports car manufacturer. The production version is now making its North American debut at the New York Auto Show. Only 1,948 units will be available worldwide.
The design may be new, but the car is still recognizable as a Speedster. The well-known streamliners atop the rear decklid are made from carbon fiber. The interior is fitted with carbon fiber elements as well, including the gear shift knob and the door sill guards.
The use of composite materials goes well beyond the decorative elements, as Porsche went to extensive measures to lightweight the vehicle. The front luggage compartment lid, the front fenders and the rear decklid itself are all made from carbon fiber composite materials, and the front and rear fasciae consist of lightweight polyurethane. The Standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes save about 50 percent from the system weight. Other lightweighting measures include a fabric top without automatic operation, omitting air conditioning as a standard feature, and including a six-speed manual transmission instead of a seven-speed manual transmission.
The focus on lightweighting brings the 2019 Speedster 911 to a total of only 3,230 pounds. Featuring a 4.0-liter flat-six engine capable of up to 9,000 rpm, the 2019 911 Speedster delivers 502 horsepower and 346 lb-ft of torque. The vehicle accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 3.8 seconds, and the top track speed is 192 miles per hour.
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