Porsche wows collectors
Porsche's Speedsters are among the marque's most exclusive cars. The 1953 Speedster was based on the Porsche 356, but with two sports bucket seats, slide-in plastic side windows and a shortened, elegantly curved windscreen.
But only 1,234 examples were built, and only 2,910 models of the subsequent 356A version left the factory in 1955. Porsche revived the Speedster name with a wide-bodied 911 Carrera 3.2 which was sold to only 2,103 customers, while a mere 930 examples of the Type 964 special edition were made in 1992-93. 'Most recently, two examples of the Type 993 911 Speedster have been built to special order,' the marque says.
So no wonder the latest Porsche Speedster (HK$4,045,040) was the highlight of a cruise along Gloucester Road last week. Sleek in pure blue turquoise and the only one in Hong Kong from a production run of just 356 models, the two-seater convertible is a stunning collector's item, even if its 305km/h top speed is probably just a dream in Hong Kong.
Fitted with a 408-horsepower, 3.8-litre flat-six engine, with 23 more horses than the 911 Carrera S, the 1,540kg Speedster promises 100km/h sprints in 4.6 seconds, yet consumes 10.3 litres of petrol per 100km, which is 'no more fuel than the standard 911 Carrera S Cabriolet', the German marque says, adding that the model also emits 242 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre.
The 911 Speedster has a seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) gearbox, Porsche Active Suspension Management and ceramic brakes as standard, along with a safety roll-over protection system which has been 'tailored for the unique Speedster design'.
But the latest Speedster was created to make its owner feel special in the Porsche community. Designed by the Porsche Exclusive department in Stuttgart to evoke the short-windscreened 356 Speedster of 1953, the new 911 Speedster was launched at last October's Paris Motor Show, with the Carrera 4's body and a back that has been widened by 44mm to highlight the model's rear-wheel drive.
The convertible's raked windscreen has been lowered by 60mm and gets a double-bubble hardcover for its manual soft top. Also available in white overseas, the Speedster gets tinted front lights, black headlight surrounds, a black windscreen border, and a custom-made front spoiler, side-skirts and rear apron.