Appeal to automotive enthusiasts with a vehicle engineered to emphasize “fun to drive above all else”. Porsche has just announced plans to build a new limited edition 911 Sport Classic that pays tribute to the acclaimed 911 Carrera RS 2.7 of the early 1970s.
The retro-styled coupe is based on the Type 992 wide-body 911 Turbo S, so logically it shares the same twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter flat-six. With revised engine mapping, the rear-mounted mill produces 543 hp and 442 ft-lbs of torque. However, unlike today’s 911 Turbo models, which come standard with automated dual-clutch PDK and all-wheel drive, the 911 Sport Classic is only offered with a seven-speed manual transmission that drives the rear wheels.
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The 911 Sport Classic body is distinguished by its classic duck-tail spoiler on the rear trunk lid, which is made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) and the absence of large air intake cutouts on the rear fenders – a hallmark of all recent 911 Turbo models. Porsche removed the intake vents to emphasize the width of the flared fenders, but eliminating them required significant engineering work and redirecting air through the new engine grille and spoiler. Other visual cues include a new fixed front spoiler lip, a molded CFRP front hood and a CFRP double-bubble roof.
Porsche has reinterpreted the classic Fuchs design wheel for the new 911 Sport Classic. With center-lock hubs, the 20- and 21-inch staggered alloys carry 255/35-20 and 315/30-21 tires. The Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is standard, as is rear-axle steering, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) and the Sport Chrono Package. In addition, the vehicle level is 10 mm lower thanks to Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport, and the special coupe has a unique sports exhaust system.
The cockpit evokes stylistic themes from the 1960s and early 1970s, including seat centers and door panels trimmed in Pepita fabric (Porsche houndstooth pattern) with Black and Classic Cognac semi-aniline leather. The latter is complemented by the open-pored dark Paldao wood used for trim. And on the dashboard on the passenger side there is a plaque with the production number. Other details include retro-style numerals and needles on the tachometer and sport chrono clock, embossed headrests, unique door treadplates and leather trim on the sun visors, steering column and air vents.
Buyers can order their 911 Sport Classic in the exclusive Sport Gray metallic paint finish with subtle contrasting stripes in light Sport Gray; The all-new color is inspired by the Fashion Gray range first used on the Porsche 356. Other color options include black, metallic agate gray and metallic gentian blue. Porsche will also install “PORSCHE” lettering and white lollipop decals (with numbers) for those looking for a bit more flair. And to complete the package, Sport Classic buyers are entitled to purchase a one-of-a-kind Chronograph 911 Sport Classic watch from Porsche Designa timer that can be configured to match each limited-edition vehicle.
Porsche has offered a 911 Sport Classic in the past, but this Type 997 model had a production run of just 250 units and was not offered in North America. Of course, these extremely rare Sport Classic Coupés are very popular today. The new 911 Sport Classic will enjoy a slightly more generous production run of 1,250 examples and will be offered to a global audience, although the automaker has not revealed details in terms of market allocations or pricing. Still, we know the 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic will hit dealerships later this year – and we’re dying for one.
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