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Porsche 356 Speedster


Porsche 356 Speedster

In 1952 Porsche produced a few stripped-out 356 American Roadsters which were mainly for racing, but later in 1954 they resurrected the idea in the lightweight Speedster. In 1956 the car received a bigger engine which made it quite a performance model: indeed, it attracted many serious drivers because it was lighter than the hardtop. It used the same pressed-steel floorpan as the 356 Cabriolet, with the rear-mounted engine and transaxle plus torsion bar front suspension and swing axle rear end. The engine in base form produced 70bhp (52kW) but a 'Super Tune' version was available which took it to 88bhp (66kW), but best of all was the Carrera four-cam engine with twin spark plugs which pushed out 115bhp (86kW). The Speedster windshield was around 3 inches (76mm) shorter to save weight, and there was no side glass, plus a very light folding roof.

Porsche 356 Speedster Specifications

Top speed:100 mph (160 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):11.2 sec
Engine type:Flat four
Displacement:96 ci (1,582 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:70 bhp (52 kW) @ 4,500 rpm
Max torque:82 lb ft (11 Nm)@ 2,700 rpm
Weight:1,790 lb (813 kg)
Economy:26 mpg (9.2 km/I)
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