Johannesburg - Porsche’s 911 Speedster is billed as a purist salute to unadulterated driving pleasure and soon well-heeled South Africans will be able to experience that for themselves on the exact roads that you see in the accompanying international promo pictures.
Porsche South Africa has put a price tag of R5 161 000 (with a three-year/100 000km Driveplan) on the Speedster ahead of the first units docking here in the third quarter of 2019. Steep it is, but that does buy a whole lot of exclusivity, with limited numbers being available locally, from a global pool of just 1948 units.
The Speedster is based on the outgoing 991 series and is the last of that bloodline, and the distinctively styled roadster takes its 4-litre normally aspirated flat-six heart straight from the 911 GT3.
To recap, this means 375kW pelted out at a screaming 8400rpm (and it’ll rev all the way to 9000, if you must), while maximum torque of 470Nm is produced at 8400rpm. Not exactly earth-shattering figures, but then this car is more about the driving experience than straight-line speed and besides, it’ll still shunt you to 100km/h in four seconds flat (at sea level), according to Porsche’s official quotes. That’s if you’re dexterous with the gears - the Speedster is available only with a six-speed manual gearbox and power is also transferred the good old fashioned way, through the back wheels.
The Speedster’s chassis is derived from the GT3, including a specifically-calibrated rear axle steering system and dynamic engine mounts, and the car rolls of 20-inch alloy wheels.