The Porsche 911 Sport Classic debuts with design inspired by the OG 911 from the 60sby Sidd Dhimaan, on
Porsche has launched the 911 Sport Classic; a model which it has rightly captioned “Back to the Future”. The 911 Sport Classic is more than just aesthetic nostalgia. Porsche has dialed down on a lot of things to give you the raw experience. To give you a glimpse, this 911 Turbo model makes less horsepower, features three pedals, and routes power only to the rear wheels. Intriguing, huh?
What’s Special About The Porsche 911 Sport Classic?
The Porsche 911 Sport Classic is based on the current-gen 911 Turbo. It is the second of the four collector’s items that the automaker, working in collaboration with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, has presented from its Heritage Design Strategy. The first model was the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition with design elements from the 1950s and 1960s, and it came out in 2020.
This isn’t the first model to get the ‘Sport Classic’ makeover. The previous-gen 997 911 Sport Classic was presented in 2009. Even that model, by the way, was inspired by the original 911 that stayed alive between 1964 and 1973.
Porsche Design has also created a high-quality chronograph exclusively available to drivers who purchase the collector’s edition vehicle. The watch seamlessly picks up on numerous details from the new 911 Sport Classic design.
Coming back to this Sport Classic model, it will be limited to just 1,250 examples. The automaker has also created a watch that’s available to customers who buy this model. It has a lot of details from the 911 Sport Classic Design. Porsche also noted that some interior elements from this Sport Classic will be offered on the standard 911 models as part of the Heritage Design Classic package.
How Is The Porsche 911 Sport Classic On The Outside?
The Porsche 911 Sport Classic is inspired by the OG 911 from the 60s and early 70s, and the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7. While deciding on an exclusive color shade, the company went back to the tried-and-tested formula. Just like the 997-gen 911 Sport Classic from 2009, the company was inspired Fashion Grey shade of the early Porsche 356. Although that is the flagship color of sorts, you can also get your 911 Sport Classic in solid Black, Agate Grey Metallic, Gentian Blue Metallic, or Paint to Sample.
The car comes with twin stripes painted on the hood, roof, and rear spoiler. All these elements are painted in a light sports grey shade. The car rides on Fuchs-style wheels – 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear – that look pretty cool. Up front, the 911 Sport Classic features a carbon fiber hood. There’s a double-bubble carbon-fiber roof panel as well. There are white circles on the doors that house the numeric decals as per the customer’s choice. And, finally, at the rear, you get a ducktail spoiler that gives the most nostalgic vibes.
Apart from these traits, there are many badges and decals on the body. There’s a Porsche Heritage badge mounted on the rear grille, a Porsche crest similar to the 1963 design, gold badging, and a set of other badges on the front quarter panels. Surprisingly, Porsche has ditched the side air intakes and the active aerodynamic equipment that you find on the 911 Turbo and Turbo S models otherwise. Instead, there are air ducts under the rear spoiler that let the engine breathe.
How Is The Porsche 911 Sport Classic On The Inside?
On the inside, Porsche has upholstered the seats in two-tone, semi-aniline leather finished in Black/Classic Cognac. The Porsche logo is embroidered into the headrests. For the doors and seat centers, Porsche has opted for the Pepita pattern. The tachometer and the clock mounted on the dash from the Sport Chrono package have white needles with green numerals and accents.
What Powers The Porsche 911 Sport Classic?
The Porsche 911 Sport Classic is powered by the same 3.7-liter, twin-turbo flat-six engine as the standard car.
However, instead of producing 572 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, the Sport Classic churns out 543 horses and 442 pound-feet of torque. This is a loss of 29 horsepower and 111 pound-feet of torque when compared to the standard Turbo model.
It’s not just this; the 911 Sport Classic also loses out on the all-wheel-drive system and the lightning-quick PDK. Instead, you get a seven-speed manual gearbox that routes power to the rear wheels exclusively. Classic sports car vibes, right? Also, did I mention that this is now the most powerful manual 911 you can get today?
As for the other mechanicals, the car comes with Porsche Active Suspension Management with Sport Active dampers that lower the ride height by 0.4 inches. You also get active anti-roll bars and rear-wheel steering to help improve the driving dynamics. To take care of the stopping duties, Porsche has equipped 10-piston calipers at the front and four-piston at the rear that hug the 16.5- and 15.4-inch rotors at the front and rear, respectively.
Since this is a limited-edition model (limited to 1,250 examples), expect it to be priced more than the 911 Turbo S. We speculate a price of over $225,000 for the 911 Sport Classic. The 911 Sport Classic will arrive by the end of the year. The previous 997-based 911 Sport Classic was limited to 250 examples and not a single one was designated for the U.S. market. This time, however, the Sport Classic will be arriving Stateside, but there’s no word on how many of them.