The 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic is one of the most interesting special 911 models we have ever seen Porsche’s powertrain setup for this car, exterior design, interior materials and much more make it a unique proposition in the huge 911 model lineup.
A 911 Turbo S is the mechanical starting point of this car, but significant modifications give you the prohibited components of the 911 Turbo model, such as a manual transmission and rear wheel drive – you know how the Turbo got started. Those familiar with the 911 Turbo know that Porsche only sells it with its PDK gearbox and all-wheel drive, which makes the Sport Classic’s powertrain setup a jaw-dropping affair.
The 7-speed manual transmission (PDK not optional) is drawn from the non-Turbo 911 model, and Porsche has de-tuned the engine to ensure the gearbox can retain the Turbo S’s power. In the Sport Classic, the 3.7-liter twin-turbo Flat-Six produces 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. This is significantly less than the 640 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque found in the Turbo S, but it’s worth the penalty for getting on the traditional three-pedal route. Even with the power drop, the Sport Classic can say that it is now the most powerful Porsche in the lineup with a manual transmission. For comparison, the manual GT3 is closest to 502 horsepower.
While it features a dip in power, the Sport Classic has all the features of a Turbo S’s performance upgrade. This means it comes standard with Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control, Ceramic Brake, Rear Excel Steering, Sport Chrono Package and Sport Exhaust. Unlike the Turbo S, Porsche says it has reduced the front spring rate a bit because the car doesn’t have all-wheel drive. The road has been tuned, not with the race track, to make it a more comfortable touring car.
The exterior design is probably more impressive than the powertrain setup. Designers and engineers at Porsche told us that when designing this car it asked a lot of big, expensive questions and the answer to each of them was yes. The team started with the 911 Turbo S because it wants a dramatically wider body that delivers the turbo. Once acquired, the body underwent several changes. The biggest and most dramatic change is the brand new rear fender design. While the rear fender of the Turbo and Turbo S has intake cutouts, the Sport Classic features perfectly smooth and flowing buttocks. It gives the designers a clean look, but Porsche will have to do significant engineering work to ensure the Turbo S engine gets the air it needs. Also, it required completely new tooling to stamp the panel, since the intake-less turbo-style wide body was something Porsche had never done before. The feeding problem was solved by the ducts assembled in the new docktail spoiler sitting at the rear end. That doctail spoiler itself is meant to be a modern take on the doctail spoiler from 1972-73 911 Carrera RS 2.7.
The hood is made of carbon, and unlike the hood used in the Turbo S – you’ll notice Sport Classic hood dips in the center. This particular model also has a unique double-bubble carbon roof that you won’t see on the Turbo S. The modern interpretation of Fuchs design wheels sitting at four corners, and these features are center-locking hubs.
If you have a touch of tradition and classic so far, good job. This 911 Sport Classic is quite special in itself, but it’s actually part of Porsche’s Heritage Design Strategy line, which started with the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition (pictured above in red) and will continue with future models. Porsche crests used in cars are meant to look like 1963 It uses gold badges on the rear intake grille, as you can see in a Porsche 356. Even the color scheme is tradition-inspired On the exterior, the Sport Gray is inspired by the metallic fashion gray, a color first used in the 356. The Sport Gray Metallic with “Light Sport Gray” stripe is the standard exterior theme, but you can also specify Black, Agate Gray Metallic or Gentian Blue Metallic for the exterior of the Sport Classic.
To keep the classic look consistent, Porsche has removed all of the Turbo S ‘Active Arrow. The moving front spoiler is replaced with a fixed beak, and the moving rear wing is replaced with the ducktail spoiler mentioned above. Again, the point is the comfort and style of the road, not the maximum rastrack performance. You will be able to choose the number you want to plaster next to the car 1-99 Porsche even notes that the number has been applied through a decal so that future owners can remove and replace the number of their choice at a later date.
The retro touch continues inside. You’ll notice the seating center and door panels wrapped in papita fabric upholstery materials referred to as callbacks in the 1960s and 1970s. If you prefer a completely black leather interior, Porsche will be compelled, but do not be so annoying. The leather paired with the Pepper is semi-aniline leather, and Porsche says it’s the first of its kind since the 918 Spider. The interior trim is also made of very thick palda wood. The green accent in the cluster and a white touch needle take the retro target further. In the meantime, the interior is basically furnished with every possible leather and race-tex option – this car would be hugely expensive to configure in a Porsche if you mention it as furnished.
Model-specific callouts include the unique 911 Sport Classic logo on the seal plate and a special badge next to the passenger on the dashboard that displays the vehicle’s specific build number. Speaking of build numbers, the Porsche 911 is limiting the Sport Classic to 1,250-unit production worldwide. Price information is currently unavailable, but hopefully this will be outstanding. Porsche says owners will be able to purchase watches with a unique Porsche design that matches their car’s specifications. Delivery of the Sport Classic will begin in the United States in late 2022.