At the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show, Porsche will present the 911 Sport Classic. By creating this model, Porsche is returning to its tradition of exclusive series built in very small numbers. The 911 Sport Classic, for example, will be offered in a production run of just 250 cars worldwide.
The bespoke character of the 911 Sport Classic has been developed over a period of three years by Porsche Exclusive, the company’s Specialist Department which creates personalized versions of Porsche cars. Paragraph Fans of the Porsche 911 will immediately recognize the styling cues, principally the ‘ducktail’ rear spoiler reminiscent of the famous 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 as well as the iconic ‘Fuchs-style’ custom-made wheels. The Sport Classic is further distinguished by its more powerful engine, new styling, a new center section in the roof, side sills, as well as new front and rear lights.
Every car in the series comes in the exclusive Sport Classic Grey with discreet dark trim strips. The elegant interior in Espresso Nature sets new standards, beyond even the customization of the 911 interior already offered by Porsche Exclusive.
The most essential specifications include 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine developing 408hp; six-speed manual transmission; rear-wheel drive; 0-62mph in 4.6 seconds; top speed 187mph; fuel consumption in the New European Driving Cycle of 26.6mpg (Imperial).
The SportDesign front panel with its spoiler lip, provides an aerodynamic balance with the rear spoiler and emphasize the unique face of the 911 Sport Classic. The bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering lights come with black surrounds as standard, similar to famous racing cars such as the 1974 911 Turbo RSR.
The headlights supplement other features in black, such as the intake grilles, the mirror triangles and mirror base. The double-dome roof stands out clearly and again gives reference to the 911 Panamericana show car and Carrera GT.
Through their unique shape, the side sills emphasize the substantial width of the car at the rear. While the Sport Classic is based on the 911 Carrera S, it features the rear bodywork of the all-wheel drive models, and is thus 1.73” wider. This translates into the rear track also being 1.34" wider for more lateral grip.
Another important feature are the aluminum doors, which help to offset the weight of the wide range of standard equipment.
Making clear reference to role models from the past, the fixed ‘ducktail’ rear spoiler forms part of the aerodynamic package of the Sport Classic. A unique rear panel, inspired by the sporting design of the GT cars, rounds off the 911 Sport Classic with the rear light clusters in clear glass.
The rear lid proudly bears a chrome-plated "911 Sport Classic" designation and an "Exclusive" motif on the front right fenders confirms the limited production. A bespoke car cover delivered in a matching bag comes as standard with each car, offering an indispensable detail for the collector.
The engine features a newly-developed resonance intake system with six switching butterflies. The 3.8-liter flat-six with Direct Fuel Injection is based on the engine in the 911 Carrera S. However, working on various details in the intake manifold has allowed Porsche to increase output and torque, particularly in the medium speed range. Combined with modified cylinder heads, a new intake system and new engine management, the upgrades raise output by 23hp to 408hp
A particular highlight is the new, variable resonance intake system featuring six vacuum-controlled flaps switching between more power- and more torque-oriented geometry. Opening or closing simultaneously as a function of engine speed and the position of the throttle, these flaps optimize the oscillation of air in the intake manifold for a better cylinder charge. The result is an optimum supply of fresh air into the combustion chambers under all conditions, optimizing the torque curve - together with an increase in engine output.
The exhaust system was specially developed to provide the right back-pressure, the high-gloss tailpipes have classic grid inserts. Beneath the rear lid, on top of the engine, lays a carbon fiber air filter housing. Reflecting its name, this limited edition has the Sport Chrono Package Plus as standard, and is available only with a manual transmission. Furthermore, the gearshift travel has been reduced.
In addition to its Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports suspension and ride height lowered by 0.79”, the 911 Sport Classic also comes with a limited slip differential.
Yet another standard feature in the 911 Sport Classic is Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). Cross-drilled and vented, the composite ceramic brake discs measure 13.8" in diameter and weigh approximately 50% less than comparable brake discs made of cast iron.
One of the most striking features on the 911 Sport Classic is the new 19" Sport Classic wheels with their centers finished in high-gloss black paint. Bearing a clear resemblance to the classic Porsche wheel - the world-famous Fuchs rims designed by Porsche in the Sixties and subsequently produced by Fuchs - the new wheels are perfect for today.
The 19" Sport Classic wheels come with the largest wheel dimensions on all 911 models (with the exception of the GT cars) and run on 305/30 ZR19 tires at the rear. The wheel will also be available for retrofitting on regular 911 models soon.
The specially designed, top-quality interior sets new standards in terms of finish, flair and appearance. Two new materials accentuate this particular touch of class - woven leather and a special carpet material. The former is a special material woven out of smooth strips of leather and yarn strengthened by a lining. It is used in the center of the new adaptive sports seats and in the door cards.
The dashboard, together with all inserts and additional components, is finished in natural leather in a special Espresso Nature color. This continues to every last detail, with even the air vents finished by hand in ultra-thin leather.
The instrument cluster, specially designed for the new model, is integrated into the dashboard with its surrounds in aluminum-look. The instrument dials themselves come in black and boast exterior trim strips together with a ‘911 Sport Classic’ designation.
The lower section of the instrument panel is likewise finished in leather and comes with a special motif near the glovebox bearing the number of each model in the series of 250 cars. The same number is repeated on the chrome-plated, illuminated door sill trim covers. Great attention to detail is also borne out by the leather around the ignition key barrel, the matching case for the ignition keys and the natural leather cover for the owner’s manual.
The three-spoke steering wheel, with its hand-sewn criss-cross seams in contrasting color, is yet another highly individual feature on the 911 Sport Classic, as are the gearshift and handbrake levers made of aluminum with the gearshift pattern matching the interior and ‘Porsche’ logo presented in ceramic.
Additional color highlights are provided by the silver-grey seat belts which, like the roof lining in light-grey alcantara, are matched to the exterior color.
The wide range of interior features includes the Bose Surround Sound System, developed for Porsche and tailored to the acoustic conditions within the 911. A total of 13 speakers include an active sub and center speaker, as well as a seven-channel digital amplifier. When playing music from audio or video DVDs, this 385 watt system offers the full sound spectrum of digital 5.1 recordings.
The 911 Sport Classic will go on sale in early 2010.