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The Porsche 911 Sport Classic - The latest Limited Edition Heritage Design Strategy release
THE PORSCHE 911 SPORT CLASSIC - THE LATEST LIMITED EDITION HERITAGE DESIGN STRATEGY RELEASE
For this here SXdrv writer, the Porsche 911 has always been a halo car. If I could, I’d have a small collection - one as a daily, one as a tourer, one as a street race car, one as a proper track special and one just to show off with. I’d have a Porsche over most other cars out there, but even as much as a fan as I am, it’s hard to keep up with all the 911 models through the ages, never mind what’s currently on offer. If you head on over to your local Porsche website, you’ll count no less than 24 911 variants on offer, and that’s just what’s available in the configuration that Porsche thinks will sell best. Prospective buyers still have the option to order a Porsche with an almost endless list of things that can be tailored and customised by the creative geniuses from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, making the list even longer. As said, this is for the current range, you can easily drown in a world of 911 models. Even true aficionados have to closely inspect pics of a 911 to be able to tell you which model it is and when it was created.
What you’re seeing here is yet another Porsche 911, but this one is quite different from the norm, as you can tell from the name and tagline it’s been given - the Porsche 911 Sport Classic: back to the future. This limited edition 911 Sport Classic is the second of four collector's from Porsche’s Heritage Design strategy, aimed at those collectors who like the finer things in life, but with an air of exclusivity. It’s with that in mind that there will only be a total of 1,250 units to pass through the hands of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. As you can see from the style of modification incorporated into the 911 Sport Classic, the whole package is a nod to the retro-classic style of the 60s and 70s. This follows on to the 997-based 911 Sport Classic released in 2009. These limited edition Porsches take their inspiration directly from the original 911 produced between 1964 – 1973, as well as the 1972 911 Carrera RS 2.7.1 - a very rare and valuable classic Porsche.
“The Heritage Design models represent the most emotionally driven concepts of the Porsche product strategy,” says Alexander Fabig, Vice President Individualization and Classic. “This unique approach sees the Style Porsche design department working with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur to reinterpret iconic 911 models and equipment from the 1950s through to the 1980s and to revive design features from those decades.” Under the Heritage Design Edition banner, Porsche planned to launch four limited-edition models over an extended period, the first being the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition that paid homage to the 1950s and 1960s era.
This new 911 Sport Classic has a wider rear end like you get on the 911 Turbo, and it features a fixed spoiler in the legendary 'ducktail' design, as seen on the classic Carrera RS 2.7. The double-bubble roof is quite the distinctive feature on the Sport Classic, definitely something that people will use to identify these cars in pics or from a distance, well if the retro-esque styling is hidden by stickers or extra customising done privately. Designers took inspiration from the Fashion Grey paint seen on early 356s. "The new 911 Sport Classic is the first vehicle to feature Sport Grey Metallic paintwork," says Michael Mauer, Vice President Style Porsche. "Grey is never boring, quite often a statement and always cool.” Alternatives to this exclusive Sport Grey Metallic finish, there’s also solid Black, Agate Grey Metallic, Gentian Blue Metallic, or a favourite among those with extra funds available to throw around, Paint to Sample that allows for custom paint work direct from the factory at the hands of Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. We’re a fan of the painted twin stripes running along the bonnet, roof and rear spoiler in a shade of light Sports Grey, even though stripes are for for Fords. Inside these, owners can have the iconic Pepita pattern on the door panels and seat centres, while two-tone, semi-aniline leather upholstery in Black/Classic Cognac throws in a contrast to the exterior paint.
911 Sport Classic Is actually the most powerful 911 with a manual transmission we’ve seen with 405 kW (550 hp) on tap from its twin-turbocharged 3.7-litre flat six. Said power is sent to the rears via a 7-speed manual transmission, and it features an auto-blip function to compensate for engine-speed differences between the gears with a short burst of revs on downshift. Sounds like a brilliant combination if you ask us.
Take a look at the YouTube video about the all-new, limited edition Porsche 911 Sport Classic complete with matching chronograph (that's fancy speak for a watch) below: The new Porsche 911 Sport Classic | Porsche.
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