The Porsche 911 Sport Classic is the second model in Porsche’s new ‘Heritage Design strategy’, following 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition of 2021. It is also the successor to the version 997 based on 911 Sport Classic of 2009, like this new model, incorporates many classic design touches. With its Heritage Design strategy, Porsche says it aims to “bring the spirit of previous Porsche decades back to the streets, while at the same time creating something new”.
Design-wise, there’s a lot of influence from previous Porsches in this new Sport Classic. The Sport Gray metallic paint is exclusive to the Sport Classic but the car is also available in Solid Black, Agate Metallic or Gentian Blue Metallic.
Side-by-side graphics are a free option, and customers can choose any number between 0 and 99 to enhance the retro racer aesthetic. Double stripes go from the bonnet to the spoiler, just like on the 2009 Sport Classic.
One of the standout exterior features is the reinterpretation of the ducktail spoiler. It is related to the iconic 911 RS 2.7 from 1972 and is made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic to help save weight.
Another one is a Fuchs-style wheel. They are 20- and 21-inch central locking wheels, and they pay homage to the 1967 911 S – the first 911 to feature this iconic wheel design. Elsewhere, we see a yellow ‘Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur’ badging and on the grille of the engine cover there is the same ‘Porsche Heritage’ badging as the Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition.
The interior also receives loads of touches like the iconic houndstooth pepita motif on the door panels and seat centers first found as an option for the 1965 911.
The instrument cluster is also slightly tweaked with the Sport Classic logo and green numerals also appearing on the Porsche 356. A yellow limited edition badge with a personalized vehicle number sits above the glove compartment.
The new Sport Classic is more than just a tribute to classic 911s. It gets a 6.7-liter, twin-turbocharged, flat-six engine that pumps out just 542 hp to the rear wheels. While Porsche says it’s based on all-wheel drive 573bhp turbochargerThe Sport Classic doesn’t use the same air ducts found in that vehicle’s rear panels.
Porsche has supplied the Sport Classic with a seven-speed manual transmission, making it the most powerful 911 manual transmission available today. A manual transmission and less power than the Turbo likely means it won’t match that car’s 2.7-second 0-62mph time – although the extra weight savings from the bonnet and roof are appreciated. Carbon fiber reinforcement will help it close the gap. The standard sports exhaust system remains, but it will feel louder from inside the cabin because Porsche has removed some of the sound insulation.
Suspension, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the same as you’d find on the current Turbo and GTS, although there are minor corrections to axial loads due to the removal of all-wheel drive. Ceramic brakes are standard equipment for the Sport Classic.
Limited to 1,250 pieces, the new Sport Classic is available to order now from £209,540. The first deliveries at Porsche dealers in Europe will start from July 2022.
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