As if you didn’t already have a bewildering array of Porsche 911s to choose from, Porsche has announced a Limited Edition to tickle buyers’ fancy – The Porsche 911 Sport Classic.
Porsche has plundered its history to build in to the 911 Sport Classic styling cues from the past. The Sport Classic gets a ‘Duck-Tail’ rear spoiler (thank you, 1973 Carrera RS 2.7) and ‘Fuchs-Style’ alloys (ditto – at least in terms of chronology). You can also throw in to the mix a double-bubble roof (Carrera GT et al) and black surrounds to the headlights, which is evocative of the 1970s Porsche racers.
So having thrown every design cue that fits from its history, what else does the 911 SC get? Well, Porsche has had a play with the ECU and manifolds and boosted output to 402bhp. There is also a new variable-resonance intake system, which monitors throttle position and engine speed to optimise the movement of air in the intake manifold, which in turn delivers more power and torque. Torque peaks at 310lb/ft from 4200rpm, and the 911 SC manages 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds and a top speed of 187mph from the 3.8 litre lump. It also gets a new exhaust system design with high-gloss tail pipes.
The 911 Sport Classic is basically a Carrera S, but with the wider body of the 4S which helps grip. Carbon Ceramic brakes are part of the package, as is the Sport Chrono Package Plus. To aid handling the 911 SC has been lowered by 20mm and gets a proper limited slip diff. The 911 Sports Classic will only be available with a manual option.
Porsche has also had a play with the interior. New materials are used, including woven leather made from smooth leather strips and woven yarn for the seat inserts, and light grey piping on the door panels. The dash gets finished in natural Espresso leather, all of which Porsche claims is a distinctive contrast to the Sport Classic Grey body colour.
Sales aren’t brilliant for Porsche at the moment, and a Limited Edition 911 sort of smacks of desperation. Still, with only 250 cars being built I’m sure Porsche will have no trouble shifting them. The good news for UK buyers is that there will be RHD cars available, although how many of the 250 will be RHD we don’t know.
Porsche are going to show the 911 Sport Classic at Frankfurt in a couple of weeks, and the 911 SC will go on sale in the New Year.
But no word on price yet.