Snap Judgment: Is The Porsche 911 Speedster an Appropriate Capstone 997 Model?

Automobile Staff

One week ago, we asked you whether Porsche needed a model in its lineup that bridged the ostensible gap between the Carrera S and GT3 RS -- the special-edition 911 Carrera GTS. With Porsche's announcement that the 911 Speedster will enter limited production to honor the iconic 356, we turn to you, our commenters, once again.

As noted previously, with the addition of the 911 Speedster to the lineup, Porsche now stands to offer 20 varieties of its current 997-designation 911, though the planned 356-unit Speedster run will quickly whittle that back to "just" 19. Porsche claims that the 911 Speedster is meant to evoke the 356 Speedster, but we think the detailing, down the the black wheels, better evokes the '89 Speedster.

The Speedster will employ a similar formula to the 911 that the Spyder trim does to the Boxster: trimming the fat to expose the rawness of the machine. But is the 911 Speedster the right way to celebrate the 911, as well as honor historic icons? Could Porsche have been more imaginative in producing a halo car within the 911 lineup prior to the arrival of the next 911?

Today's Snap Judgment:

Is the 911 Speedster an appropriate capstone 997 model?

Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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