The retro-styled Porsche 911 Sport Classic is the most powerful manual 911 you can buy

Are you the sort of person who says “the best music was from the 70s”, or “cars should come with three pedals and (at least) six cylinders”? Well, Porsche has just released what might be the perfect car for you. It’s called the 911 Sport Classic, and it’s designed to look – at least in spirit – like the original 911 Carrera RS 2.7 from 1972.

It does so by taking a standard 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo, and throwing on a whole slew of cosmetic upgrades inspired by the OG. Most noticeably are the new classically-styled fixed ducktail rear spoiler at the back and the double-bubble scalloped roof design, the latter also matched with a unique front bonnet – all of which are made out of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP).

There’s also a new fixed front lip spoiler that replaces the Turbo’s active item, while the two-tone staggered centre-locking alloy wheels (measuring 20 inches in front and 21 at the rear) are also inspired by the iconic Fuchs design.

In addition to the actual physical new design elements, Porsche has also created a brand-new body paint colour for the new model called Sport Grey Metallic, inspired by the 356’s Fashion Grey. And to complete the new (old) look, the 911 Sport Classic will also come with Light Sport Grey racing stripes along the top of the car, and the Porsche script across the doors.

Porsche is even offering a white and black racing number roundel decal on the sides at no extra charge – where you can even choose your own racing number from zero to 99. But if you’re not a fan of the more motorsports-inspired touches, you can opt to remove the racing numbers and even the entire graphics package altogether, but why would you?

The Sport Classic takes on the Turbo’s wider bodystyle, but crucially, the massive air scoop on the rear fender has been deleted here to mimic the clean lines of the OG 911 Carrera RS. This required Porsche to create a completely new tooling for the Sport Classic for the new body panels starting from the front of the doors to the rear of the car. Cooling duties are now passed on to the new ducts near the spoiler.

Capping off the looks are the swath of special badging, including a 1963-style Porsche logo, plus the “Porsche 911 Sport Classic” scripts at the back, plated in real gold. And if you’re not a fan of the grey hue, the Sport Classic will also be available in a non-metallic Black, Agate Grey Metallic, or Gentian Blue Metallic, or basically any colour you can dream of thanks to Porsche’s Paint to Sample service. But again, there are other 911s for that…

The retro-inspired styling continues onto the interior of the Sport Classic, with a tasteful black and cognac semi-aniline leather upholstery, plus the “pepita” houndstooth black-and-white pattern on the fabric seat centres and door panels. Although, Porsche is again also offering the boring souls an all-black interior.

Elsewhere, you’ll also find the sleek matte-finished paldao wood trims on the dashboard, aluminium illuminated scuff plates, Heritage Design displays on the digital instrument cluster, gold numbered 911 badge, and to tie it all up is the excellent green lettering on the rev counter.

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For those wishing for a retro air-cooled engine to go with the old-school looks, sorry – times have moved on. But there are still many things on the Porsche 911 Sport Classic to get excited about, including a seven-speed manual gearbox instead of the PDK of the Turbo. Unlike the 911 Turbo, the drive is also sent exclusively to the rear wheels.

Underneath the rear engine cover is the same 3.7-litre twin-turbo flat-six, although it’s 30 hp and 150 Nm down from the Turbo at 550 hp and 600 Nm of torque. But still, it’s still the most powerful manual-transmission 911 you can buy today, at 40 hp more than the GT3 we tested in Sepang.

Keeping up with modern times, the gearbox will come with an auto-blip function to compensate for many driver’s inability to do a heel-toe downshift. The sports exhaust – which comes as standard on the Sport Classic – is also specially tailored to the model for an “even more emotive sound experience”.

Sports suspension also comes as standard, which lowers the 911 Sport Classic’s ride height by 10 mm, and there’s also the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) on board too which allows the shock absorbers to respond to dynamic changes at lightning speed.

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Only 1,250 of the Sport Classics will ever be made, and it’s priced – in Europe at least – at EUR272,714 (approx. RM975k) before options. If you’re feeling fancy, you can even buy a Porsche Design Chronograph 911 sport Classic watch (EUR12,500/RM57k), with green markings and houndstooth pattern on the dial to match the car.



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