Porsche 911 Sport Classic brings history to life
Heritage is something Porsche does very well, and the 911 has almost 60 years of it to look back on.
When the first 911 arrived in 1964 nobody really expected it to become the icon it has. In a nod to that heritage the new Porsche 911 Sport Classic is inspired by that 1960s original, with a touch of 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7 thrown in for good measure.
The new 911 Sport Classic is the second of four special cars from Porsche's Heritage Design strategy. The first of these was the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, released in 2020 and featuring design elements from the 1950s and 1960s.
Now, a limited production run of just 1,250 examples of this latest limited-edition model will bring us through the 1960s and early 1970s.
The wide body – usually reserved for range-topping Turbo models – a fixed rear spoiler inspired by the legendary 'ducktail' Carrera RS 2.7, and the double-bubble roof highlight the distinctive look of the new 911 Sport Classic. The Fashion Grey paintwork of the early Porsche 356 inspired the exclusive finish for the new limited-edition model. The new 911 Sport Classic is the first vehicle to feature Sport Grey Metallic paintwork, with twin stripes on the bonnet, roof and rear spoiler in light Sports Grey accentuating the sporting design and racing heritage. If that's a bit too racy for you, the Sport Classic is also available in Black, Agate Grey, and Blue.
The old bits are there purely for aesthetics though. Underneath all that history lies a thoroughly modern 911.
The 3.7-litre, twin-turbo flat-six engine sends its entire 550bhp to the rear wheels via a seven-speed manual gearbox. The gearbox even has an auto-blip function that compensates for engine-speed differences between the gears with a brief burst of revs when shifting down.
The suspension is from the 911 Turbo and 911 GTS models and features Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as standard. PASM is also combined with the sports suspension to lower the ride height by 10-millimetre too. You also get the sports exhaust system as standard, and as an extra touch it has been specially tailored to the model for an even more emotive noise.
All that combined means the new Porsche 911 Sport Classic is the most powerful manual 911 available today.
Well, when we say available….obviously that's allowing for budgetary constraints, and practicality considerations, and whether or not you can call us before this very limited edition runs out. Don't worry if you can't though.
As part of the Heritage Design Classic package, selected interior elements of the new 911 Sport Classic will also be available for most current 911 models, so you can always lease one of those instead.
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