Even without the Heritage Design package, the 911 Speedster model is a tribute to history. It comes in a limited edition of 1,948 cars, recalling the Porsche 356 “No. 1” Roadster that received its general certification from the Austrian state government of Carinthia on June 8, 1948. But as far as its technology goes, the new Speedster is cutting edge. Its fenders, front hood, and characteristic rear cladding are made of a lightweight carbon-fiber composite. Porsche’s GT model developers contributed the suspension, exhaust system, and drivetrain with a manual six-speed transmission, as well as the naturally aspirated, four-liter, six-cylinder engine that generates more than 510 hp.
Noteworthy features of its Heritage Design package include bicolor leather furnishings in Black and Cognac, carbon elements in GT Silver Metallic, and an all-metal, gold-plated Speedster logotype. The exterior blends the past and future in impressive ways, especially in the striking color combination of GT Silver Metallic with white front bumpers and “spears” on the fenders. The 356 Speedster racing sports cars of the 1950s had stickers that protected front hoods and doors from flying gravel, or concealed traces of collisions. But they quickly indicated an early trend toward individualization. For Speedster designer Klein, one of the goals was to “reinterpret that special spirit and joie de vivre of the time.”