In case you felt a mild bit of panic on reading that headline, remain calm. The Porsche 911 isn’t retiring. However, the 2019 Porsche 911 does mark the end of the line in at least one respect. It marks the end of a generation that kicked off with the 991 Generation Porsche 911. When Porsche Nashua turns the calendar to 2019, we expect that the 2020 Porsche 911 will mark the start of a new generation for the car. Meantime, Porsche AG is sending this generation off in style.

That’s because they’re bringing back a model we haven’t seen in many years. TopSpeed reports that we’ll be seeing a Porsche 911 Speedster variant as one of the models on offer. That makes a certain kind of sense when you stop to consider the last time we saw one; it was in 2011, when the previous generation (997, for the die-hard Porsche fans among you) drew to a close.

Further reporting in Carscoops lends credence to the rumor. They point out that a concept was shown by Porsche AG as part of the company’s 70th birthday celebrations, but there’s more. Their photographers caught the Speedster in testing, which isn’t something that typically happens if a car won’t make its way to Porsche dealerships at some point.

The car is apparently based on the same chassis as the Porsche 911 GT3. However, its hood is significantly different, there’s a soft top, and the rear loses the spoiler that characterizes the model it’s based on. Powertrain details are sketchy, but if it ends up sharing more than its looks with the Porsche 911 GT3, that would mean a 4.0 liter flat-six engine, and either a six-speed manual transmission (found on the concept), a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch automatic gearbox, or perhaps a choice of both.

It is expected to arrive at Porsche Nashua in the near future, and we’ll let you know when it’s finally here. Watch this space, or visit us at 170 Main Dunstable Road to test drive a new Porsche car.