Porsche continues to expand its range “Heritage Design”, and presents his brand new 911 Sport Classic. The latter is based in a limited number on the turbo version of the 911, but uses a manual transmission to the delight of purists.
Last year, Porsche introduced the Targa 4S Heritage Design, the first model in a new family of special series produced by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the brand’s personalization division. Almost a year later, a new model shows the end of its hood. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the 911 Sport Classic, the second member of this family, which will eventually have four. As for the Targa already mentioned, Porsche has gone back to the past to create this second model that is simply sublime. In fact, the German manufacturer took significant inspiration from the mythical 1971 Carrera RS 2.7 to design this 911 Sport Classic. It uses the same technical basis as the 911 Turbo with widened fenders. In return, it loses the side air inlets, which makes its design even more puristic. Highlight of the show, he inherits said wing “duck tail”, which already fitted into the 2.7 RS at the time. Also note the double boss, discreet but present.
This 911 Sport Classic was presented in a gray livery reminiscent of the 356, but Porsche has confirmed the possibility of opting for two other shades, blue or black. Regardless of the color chosen, two painted stripes always run from the front hood to the rear spoiler. And don’t forget these magnificent rims with a central nut, which are reminiscent of the famous Fuchs rims.
In the interior, too, Porsche relies on a retro atmosphere, which is created by houndstooth trim strips for seats and door panels. The dashboard subtly mixes cognac leather and other black elements. The digital instrumentation deserves a special mention, taking on a green hue that nods to the brand’s sporting past. Further proof, if need be, that Porsche is a perfectionist manufacturer that leaves no detail to chance.
But let’s get to the technical part. Because if this 911 Sport Classic is based on the turbo version, it has special features. It takes over the biturbo six-cylinder boxer, emptied here ” just “ 550 hp. So yes, it’s 30 fewer than the 911 Turbo, but the Sport Classic has the major advantage of being mated to a 7-speed manual that sends all the cavalry to the rear wheels. We are happy to forgive him for this slight drop in performance. In addition to this extraordinary engine-transmission combination, this special series has sports suspension and a better-sounding exhaust as standard.
Barely presented, this 911 Sport Classic can already claim collector status. Mechanics at the service of driving pleasure and a design inspired by elements inspired by the legendary 2.7 RS, these are the ingredients of this seductive recipe. But it won’t be for everyone, Porsche plans to produce just 1250 examples. And if you say limited edition, you say a salty price. The base price is €280,603, a price that buyers can no doubt increase via the option box. For comparison, remember that a 911 Turbo starts at around 197 euros. Orders are already open, the first deliveries are planned for July.