Porsche has launched the 911 Sport Classic, a new limited-edition model and the most powerful manual 911 yet.
This is thanks to a 3.7-litre, twin-turbo, flat-six petrol engine that produces a mammoth 405kW and 599Nm – which is transmitted to the rear wheels via a seven-speed stick-shifter.
The standard Sports exhaust system is also tuned specifically for this vehicle to produce a more emotive sound, and the gearbox features “auto-blip” rev-matching that compensates for engine-speed differences between gears with a brief burst of revs when shifting down.
Porsche has not revealed the performance figures of its new manual creation, but the 0-100km/h time will likely fall between that of the less powerful GTS (3.4 seconds) and more powerful Turbo (2.8 seconds), although the Turbo is four-wheel drive and automatic.
The design of the new Porsche 911 Sport Classic draws inspiration from the original 1964 911, as well as the Carrera RS 2.7 from 1972.
As a result, it gets a wide body that is otherwise only reserved for the 911 Turbo, a ducktail spoiler, and a “double-bubble roof”.
The exterior hue was further based on the Fashion Grey paintwork of the early Porsche 356, which resulted in the Sport Classic being the first Porsche car to be finished in Sport Grey Metallic.
Twin stripes running across the bonnet, roof, and rear spoiler in light Sports Grey then underscore the dynamic design.
Buyers who don’t enjoy the new grey look will be happy to know that the Sport Classic is also offered in solid Black, Agate Grey Metallic, Gentian Blue Metallic, or Paint to Sample.
Inside, this special-edition 911 boasts Pepita-pattern door panels and seat inserts, along with two-tone, semi-aniline leather upholstery in Black/Classic Cognac.
The new 911 Sport Classic is the second of four models in Porsche’s Heritage Design line, the first being the 911 50 Year Porsche Design Targa that was unveiled in January.
Only 1,250 units of the Sport Classic will be built, each accompanied by a specially-produced chronograph wristwatch that is only available to buyers of the manual Porsche.
At the time of writing, Porsche South Africa said it is awaiting final confirmation on the local pricing and availability of the 911 Sport Classic.