The upcoming Porsche 911 Speedster debut has been leaked thanks to a party invite.
It’s been a long time since we last saw the Porsche 911 Speedster. Initially, the reborn Speedster concept was shown at last year’s Goodwood Festival before making its way to the Paris Motor Show with a more production-ready version. Since then, it’s been a radio blackout from Porsche on the 911 Speedster, making us all wonder when they’d finally announce its arrival.
Well, wonder no longer. According to a new report from Carbuzz, we’ll see the Speedster in the flesh next week at the New York Auto Show.
An anonymous source tipped off the publication with a most unusual bit of evidence: an invitation to a charity cocktail party. The invite had a basic black and white image of the 911 Speedster, and said the party will take place on April 18th "for the unveiling of the new 911 Speedster."
The New York Auto Show will be open to the press starting April 16th, so it seems more likely that Porsche will make an official announcement on that day. But April 18th isn’t too much longer of a wait.
If everything stays the same as last year’s Paris Auto Show concept, the Speedster will use the same engine as the current 911 GT3 RS, a 4.0-L natural aspirated flat-six. Power figures were never disclosed, but it was rumored to be tuned to produce over 500 hp and come attached to a 6-speed manual transmission.
The Speedster will be extremely barebones, with no infotainment, air conditioning, or even a radio. It’s just you, the car, and the open road without a roof to get in the way.
Production will be limited to 1,948 units, which is a reference to the Porsche 356 that was first made way back in 1948. Pricing was never released, but if you think this will cost less than $200,000 just because it doesn’t have an expensive satnav, you don’t know how Porsche operates.