Porsche has unveiled yet another special edition model for the evergreen 911, this time to celebrate the model’s 60th birthday. Dubbed the Porsche 911 S/T, the new limited-edition model is designed for the “purists” who prefer to spend their weekends blasting down the winding backroads, rather than attacking the track.
Essentially a rejigged GT3 RS, the Porsche 911 S/T pairs the uprated 4.0-litre boxer engine with an honest-to-goodness close-ratio manual gearbox, making it the most powerful model that Porsche offers with a manual. All 525 hp from the high-revving engine is sent exclusively to the rear wheels – exactly the way a driving-focused 911 should be.
It’s also the most lightweight Porsche 911 yet, weighing just 1,380 kg (or 70 kg lighter than the GT3 RS), thanks to an extreme weight loss regime that includes a unique lightweight clutch and a single-mass flywheel, a lithium-ion starter battery, lightweight-glass, reduced insulation, magnesium wheels, carbon ceramic brakes, and generous use of carbon fibre body panels.
The lightweight clutch and flywheel itself is said to shave 10.5 kg, and supposedly “noticeably improves the responsiveness” of the boxer engine. All-in, the Porsche 911 S/T goes from 0-100 km/h in just 3.7 seconds – 0.5 seconds quicker than the GT3 RS – and boasts a top speed of 300 km/h.
As a tribute to the original 911 S (which were called the 911 ST internally), Porsche has opted to remove the massive swan neck wing at the back, which contributed much of the reduction in century sprint times. In place of that is an extending rear spoiler with a gurney flap to aid with downforce while you carve through the twisty backroads.
Despite its special model status, Porsche also didn’t see the need to dress the 911 S/T up much. Most of its exterior body panels are inherited from the GT3 Touring, with only a small emblem on the rear deck displaying its significance.
Even the Heritage Design Package optioned is restrained, too, with the only special touches being a pastel-like Shoreblue exterior paint job, heritage 911 badgings, and a cognac leather and cloth upholstery on the inside.
As a nod to the 911’s history, Porsche is only building 1,963 examples of the new 911 S/T – the number of course chosen after the year when the first Porsche 911 was born. Pricing for the new road-going special edition model starts from GBP250,400 (approx. RM1.4 million) in the UK.