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Porsche 911 Speedster Concept ditches the top entirely

There's a tonneau cover to protect the interior when it's parked. Don't drive with it on.

Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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Porsche's 911 Speedster is a unique way to enjoy open-air motoring.

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To celebrate the automaker's 70th anniversary of producing gnarly sports cars, there's a whole new one.   

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The Speedster concept puts driving first. That's evidenced by the fact that Porsche removed the navigation, radio and air conditioning in order to reduce curb weight.     

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The rear decklid is made of carbon fiber and is large enough to hide safety bars.   

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Instead of a standard convertible top, there's a lightweight tonneau cover that is really only meant to be used when stationary. We don't even have a picture of it.

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Out back is a naturally aspirated flat-six transmission putting out more than 500 horsepower with a redline of 9,000 rpm.     

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A six-speed manual transmission is along for the ride, as it should be, given the Speedster's history of being a driver's car.    

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The first Porsche 911 Speedster came in 1988, but the idea behind it has existed since 1952, when the 356 1500 America Roadster debuted.    

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It returned again in 2010, when Porsche built 356 examples based on the 997-generation 911.    

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Keep scrolling to check out even more shots of Porsche's latest open-air concept.

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