The Porsche 911 Speedster may have just made its first public appearance recently, but don't expect the special edition to last long in showrooms -- if at all. Porsche executives say orders for the last 997-type 911 are growing by the hour, and expect them to be spoken for by the end of October.
Under its skin, the 911 Speedster is very similar to the new 911 Carrera GTS. It's powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six that makes 408 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque, can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and Porsche claims a top speed of 190 mph. Carbon ceramic brakes, active suspension, and a seven-speed dual clutch transmission help to justify the Speedster's $204,000 price tag.
With only 356 examples of the special-edition 911 Speedster planned, demand most definitely outweighed Porsche's supply. The Stuttgart-based automaker is expected to export 100 examples of the Speedster to the United States, with deliveries planned to commence in November.
"There's a sizeable fan community for such vehicles," Porsche head of development Wolfgang Duerheimer told Bloomberg. "The new Speedster will be a big hit for us."
What do you think? Has the economy bounced back enough to guarantee Porsche all 356 orders for the special edition 911 Speedster before the end of the month?