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Porsche 911 Speedster Debuts at Paris Motor Show

Luxury Cars: Porsche's new 911 Speedster will make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in early October. The 911 Speedster is shaped significantly different from other variants of the 911. As a tribute to the first Porsche to bear the name, the Speedster 356, only 356 units will be manufactured. One-hundred of those bubbled-top beauties are tabbed for the U.S.

The 911 Speedster has a 3.8-liter flat six engine that delivers 408 horsepower, which is 23 more horses than the 911 Carrera S Cabriolet. However, it gets the very same EPA-rated 19 mpg city/27 mpg highway. The seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) transmission is the only transmission available for this car. It does zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds and a top-track speed of 190 mph.

The original Speedster came out in 1953; the second generation was on the roads in 1988; and the third era was 1993-94. The fourth-generation 911 Carrera Speedster will be available in the U.S. in early 2011. Its MSRP will be $204,000.

Fortunately, it is not necessary to be able to correctly pronounce the formal name of the 911 Speedster's transmission before buying one.

James Rothaar

As an independent contractor, James has written content for and other leading online luxury lifestyle magazines. Rothaar previously served as the senior-tenured staff writer for JustLuxe, having worked with the digital magazine since 2005. He resides in Jacksonville, Florida, and works as an independent marketing consultant and a freelance writer.

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