The 911 ranks as one of the greatest, iconic, and enduring sports cars in the history of the automobile. The silhouette is unforgettable. As an owner and lover of the 911, I admire the greatness of past 911s, and marvel at Porsche’s relentless pursuit of improving every detail of the modern 911s. With the 911 Sport Classic, Porsche has created a perfect storm of past glory and present greatness into one package.
The 911 Sport Classic is based on the Carrera S, with the wider rear fenders of the Carrera 4S. Visually, the Sport Classic stands apart from the Carrera with a double-dome roof, unique front spoiler, and a fixed ducktail spoiler-a nod to the beloved 1973 Carrera RS 2.7. Completing the package are 19″ five-spoke alloys, styled after the Fuchs rims of vintage Porsches. These are perhaps the most gorgeous wheels on any modern production car.
The Sport Classic was designed with the help of Porsche Exclusive-the people who help you when you want a bespoke Porsche. And nowhere is that influence more evident in looking at the interior. The rich tones of the ‘Espresso Nature’ natural woven leather, offset with light grey piping (to match the exterior) is a sight to behold.
The 911 Sport Classic is not just a styling exercise. Using the Carrera S’ 3.8L flat six, Porsche developed a new resonance intake manifold with six vacuum controlled switching flaps. The result is an increase of 23hp, to a total of 408hp. A six-speed manual is the only transmission available. The right choice, Porsche. Ceramic Composite brakes are standard.
Now the bad news. Porsche is building only 250 911 Sport Classics, and none of them are coming to North America. The price is something to behold, at just under $242,000USD. It seems absurd, especially considering you could practically buy two new 911 Turbos for the price of one Sport Classic. No matter. Porsche will find 250 buyers dying for this ultra-rare 911 that blends the past with the present.