(2010) Porsche 911 Sport Classic (997) – Ultimate Guide
Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche AG, Stuttgart, has refined the DNA of the 911 to what must be the most supreme standard of class and style in the 911 Sport Classic available to a strictly limited number of very special 911 enthusiasts. Creating this unique model, Porsche is bringing back the tradition of exclusive small series built in very small numbers. The 911 Sport Classic will be presented at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show and is limited in production to just 250 cars.
This very special 911 from Porsche Exclusive has been developed over a project period of about three years, with lots of love for detail, catering especially for the most demanding group of genuine aficionados. Porsche Exclusive is Porsche’s Specialist Department for the most outstanding customised versions of Porsche cars going beyond even the highest standard of the Company’s regular production models.
The unique character of this very special 911 comes out at very first sight in the newly developed double-dome roof. A further highlight of this sports car based on the rear-wheel-drive Carrera S is the wider rear body up by 44 millimetres or 1.73″ and the wider track on the rear axle. The striking SportDesign front apron with its unique spoiler lip and the rear spoiler fixed in position like the legendary ducktail on the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 round off the unmistakable look of the 911 Sport Classic. Power comes from Porsche’s 3.8-litre with Direct Fuel Injection, increased in this case, also through the introduction of a newly developed resonance intake manifold with six vacuum-controlled switching flaps, by 23 bhp to 408 horsepower for even more outstanding performance.
The 911 Sport Classic comes exclusively with a six-speed manual gearbox. PCCB Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes ideally reflecting the sporting character of this exclusive 911, PASM sports suspension lowering the entire car by 20 mm or 0.79″, as well as the mechanical rear axle differential and custom-made 19-inch wheels with their rim star painted black all come together to offer a perfect match for the character of this most exclusive car.
The very special, highly sophisticated interior of the 911 Sport Classic bears powerful testimony to one of the core competences of Porsche Exclusive and is characterised by new materials never used before even by Porsche. One example is woven leather made up of smooth leather strips and woven yarn featured on the seat centre-pieces of the newly designed adaptive sports seats complete with light-grey piping and on the door panels.
The dashboard including a wide range of inserts and add-on components is finished in Espresso Nature natural leather, providing a distinctive contrast to the exclusive body paint in Sport Classic Grey.
Autoblog – The lucky few who were fortunate enough to put a Porsche 911 Sport Classic in their garage didn’t stumble over the price – they seldom do. Instead, they were drawn in by the vehicle’s bloodline and exclusivity, and taken by the joy they experienced each time their left hand turned the key. We can hardly blame them.
Marking the introduction of this special limited edition model, Porsche Design DriverÂ´s Selection is likewise introducing a range of new and very special products at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The limited edition AluFrame Trolley as well as a polo-shirt, a cap and a personalised lanyard take up the colour concept of the 911 Sport Classic, and in good time for the introduction of the new car a top-quality 1:43 model will also be available.
Sales of the Porsche 911 Sport Classic are starting in January 2010. The Euro base price of the car without value-added tax and national specifications is Euro 169,300.
The 911 Sport Classic is based on the standard-production 997.2 Porsche 911 Carrera S. However, there are several significant differences. Compared to the often brightly-colored Carrera S, all copies of the limited-production Sport Classic wear the identical drab gray paint (appropriately named “Sport Classic Grey”) with very discreet twin racing stripes running up and over the length of the bodyshell. The front fascia of the Sports Classic is capped with a “SportDesign” (Porsche’s in-house customizing department) lower front splitter, and there are custom black-painted surrounds circling the standard bi-xenon headlights that are reminiscent of those found on the 1974 911 Turbo RSR. Black is also the standard paint treatment for the intake grids, mirror triangles and the lower sections of the mirror base. Look a bit more carefully up top, and you will also notice the subtle double-dome roof.
Car and Driver – This heritage-y look was put together by Porsche Exclusive, the people who make Porsche dreams come true for a price, and took three years to develop. The package is based on the Carrera S but uses 4S rear bodywork, allowing for a wider rear track. The most obvious aesthetic change is the double-dome roof, which we’ll call a Doppeldomesgerufe…. a SportDesign fascia and unique lip spoiler adorn the front, while a ducktail rear spoiler evokes the 1973 Carrera RS 2.7. Black-painted 19-inch wheels are styled after the iconic Fuchs wheels familiar to vintage-911 oglers. Other small touches, such as black headlight-trim rings and black side-mirror brackets, set this “Sport”ier 911 apart and give it a “Classic” feel.