Porsche 911 Speedster: Back With A Tick Of Every Box

As expected, the Porsche 911 Speedster is back in a new limited-to-just-356 units model. The special edition Porsche marries a slightly more powerful engine than the 911 Carrera S with a tick of every possible checkbox you can think of.

This new 911 Speedster — the 20th currently available 911 model — gets the bread-and-butter 3.8-liter flat six to eke out an extra 23 HP on top of the 911 Carrera S, bringing total power output up to 408 hp (300 kW). That'll cut a tenth of a second off the 0-to-60 time of the Carrera S and add ten more MPH to the top end.

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But, despite the power boost, Porsche is proud to say its average consumption of 10.3 litres/100 km (27.43 mpg imp) (I have no idea how much in 'merican miles per gallon), makes the new Speedster no less efficient (or inefficient) than the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. The rear-wheel-powered Speedster's only available with the seven-speed PDK. Want more add-ons? How about the active suspension management and ceramic composite brakes?

The convertible features a 60-mm-lower, more raked windscreen and then continues down the options list with an aerodynamic body kit, black accents, and tinted headlights. Other goodies include "Pure Blue" paint ("Carrera White" is available at no extra cost) and a double-bubble soft-top cover which hides the manual roof.

Inside, the cabin is outfitted with black leather upholstery, adaptive sports seats, and color-coordinated trim.

But it's not just toys, it's also about history. Porsche tells us the concept of this new Speedster comes from Porsche Exclusive, the company-owned personalization service that simultaneously with this model's release will celebrate its 25th anniversary. It also pays homage to the first Porsche model that bore the name Speedster — the 356 Speedster — by limiting the production run to just 356 cars.

If you want to be one of the lucky 355 (we're assuming Porsche super-fan Jerry Seinfeld will find a way to get his hands on one), you'll need to bet your bottom 201,682 Euros ($265,000) when sales begin in December (in Germany at least — no word on when Jerry gets his). That's a pricey bit of kit, ain't it?