Date of unveil by Porsche AG: June 8, 2018 Motor show launch: October 2, 2018, Mondial Paris motor show press day Market launch: 2019
The 991 Speedster was unveiled in Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen by Porsche on June 8, 2018, on the 70th anniversary of the Porsche sports car production.
While in 2017 the plans were to launch the Speedster version as the swan-song for the 991-generation 911 in the second half of 2018, in the beginning of 2018 problems rose with the implementation of the new Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure that all new cars must correspond to starting from September 1, 2018. So, the plans for the production of the 991 Speedster were canceled. That's the reason why it was decided to unveil the 991 Speedster in June 2018 as a concept car. Later, when it was clear that 992 production is also post-poned because of the delays in production schedule of all Porsche cars and because of the 992 hybrid development, on October 2, 2018, it was announced that the 991 Speedster get its chance and goes into production in 2019. And in big numbers! 1948 cars will be made, meaning bad news for speculators and good news for real car buyers - almost everyone who's ready to pay the list price, can get one.
The chassis and the manual 6-speed transmission come from the 991.2 GT3 4.0 and the 383 kW engine from the 991.2 GT3 RS. The 21" wheels in Fuchs design have centre locks for the first time and there are new 21" cross-spoke wheels available. The characteristics of the 911 Speedster include the shorter window frame with a more inclined windscreen and correspondingly shortened side windows. As dictated by the historic original, the 911 Speedster concept also features a light-weight tonneau cover instead of a convertible top. This cover protects the car interior from rain when parked, and is attached using eight Tenax fasteners.