Speedster by name or Speedster by nature? A correction.

I’m not quite sure how it happened, or even how I just suddenly became aware of my mistake when I was sweating it out on the road bike the other day, but in the text in my Bay to Birdwood post I incorrectly referred to the Porsche Boxster Spyder as the Boxster Speedster. What’s more, I even referred to the dealer as Chateau, not Porsche Centre Adelaide. Now this may seem trivial, but it’s heresy for a Porsche fan such as myself to make this mistake, especially given I did my school work experience at Chateau back in the day.

So, to right any wrongs and clear the air I decided it best to stop in at Porsche Centre Adelaide and snap a few shots of the 911 Speedster sitting on the showroom floor, and then put them together with the other two generations of Speedsters residing in Adelaide. Enjoy.

Classic Speedster proportions hark back to the 3.2 Carrera Speedster of the late 80’s, particularly the solid body coloured soft top cover behind the seats. The 3.2 Speedster had the famous low cut windsheild (a la 356 Speedster), but I guess something as extreme as that would never comply with design standards today. Porsche have done their best however, as the frame sits 60mm lower than the usual Carrera Convertible and is raked further back, and blacked it out with a piano finish to make it as inconspicuous as possible. As a simple trick, I think it works well.

A contemporary take on the classic Fuches wheel design…

… but the carbon ceramic rotors hiding behind them are bang up to date.

The 911 Speedster celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Porsche Exclusive customisation program.

There are just 356 examples of the 997 Speedster globally.

The tacho in the middle, as it should be. Keen eyes will spot something that doesn’t quite sit right with me, though…

… the world’s probably a quite different place now and the market has changed considerably. But for me, there’s something uncomfortable about a Speedster fitted with PDK. Everything I’ve read says it’s brilliant and I don’t doubt that for a second, but I think I’d rather have a conventional H pattern manual. It’s probably not quite as fast and technically not as good, but it’s a whole lot more satisfying in my opinion. And let’s face it – the 997 Speedster isn’t a racecar so the joy in this thing is going to come from hitting up your favourite backroad at dawn.

But the biggest problem I have is that I don’t think the 997 is a real Speedster. The 356 Speedster was so cool because it was a stripped down, lightened Carrera. It was the perfect racer and a car you could drive straight off the showroom floor to your nearest track, race wheel to wheel and have a decent shot at victory. And what’s more, because it was stripped down and missing most of the equipment it was actually cheaper than the usual Carrera. This 997 has air conditioning, that TV screen thing, leather trim and all the luxuries. Oh, and PDK.

A real 997 Speedster should be a GT3RS without a roof. Just think about it.

But it did have the most brilliant side mirrors that enabled overly arty shots of the headrest Speedster logos….

And what we’ve been waiting for. Remember folks, as of today all these Speedsters are in humble old Adelaide.




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