2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic-The Manual 911 Turbo!!

The 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic is a 911 Turbo by any other name.

The Turbo shares its engine but not its drivetrain or transmission, and the Porsche Sport Classic is restricted to 1250 units globally.

Here are the major highlights:

  • The 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic engine is the same as the 911 Turbo but with a lower output of 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque.
  • The rear-wheel-drive Sport Classic can have a seven-speed manual transmission because of the lower power.
  • Porsche plans to limit manufacturing to 1250 units globally.
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

Unlike today’s Turbo-grade 911, which comes standard with all-wheel drive and an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, the 911 Sport Classic uses a manual transmission to provide power solely to the rear wheels.

Indeed, a classic approach to a sports automobile.

Engine Specifications/Powertrain

To ensure that the twin-turbocharged 3.7-liter flat-output six’s is compatible with the seven-speed transmission, Porsche reduces the engine’s output to 543 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque, a reduction of 29 horses and 111 lb-ft of torque over the Turbo.

Instead, the self-shifting all-wheel-drive 911 Turbo is the way if you want maximum performance.

It has faster shift times and better traction. Instead, the 911 Sport Classic foregoes the Turbo’s blistering straight-line acceleration in favor of a more engaging driving experience.

Though it’ll take a few more ticks to reach 60 mph (the 572-hp 911 Turbo achieved it in 2.4 seconds in our tests), the Sport Classic should retain much of the Turbo’s dynamic ability on twisty roads.

The car’s ride height is reduced by 0.4 inches thanks to innovations including rear-wheel steering, active anti-roll bars, and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport active dampers.

Additional model-specific changes to the front springs and staggered 20- and 21-inch front and rear wheels.

Black-painted 10-piston front and four-piston rear calipers clamp down on the 16.5-inch front and 15.4-inch rear carbon-ceramic rotors.

Exterior Design

2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

The Turbo, in addition to its engine, lends the Sport Classic a broader body.

The latest 911 Sport Classic, like the previous 911 Sport Classic introduced in late 2009, features Fuchs-style wheels, a classic “ducktail” rear spoiler, and a double-bubble top panel.

A centrally dipped carbon-fiber hood matches the design of the aforementioned roof panel, which Porsche also makes out of carbon fiber.

LED headlights with black housings, Porsche script on the model’s lower flanks, side-mounted white circles for numeric decals of the driver’s choice, and a variety of distinctive badges shared with the 2021 Porsche 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition are among the other changes.

2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

A Porsche crest that harkens back to the company’s 1963 design, real gold badging on the car’s rear end, and a Porsche Heritage badge on the rear grille join a set of badges on the front quarter panels.

Despite having a Turbo engine, the Sport Classic lacks the active aerodynamics and side air intakes found on the 911 Turbo and Turbo S.

Porsche had to build new machinery to stamp the intake-less wide-body panels fitted to this special-edition vehicle.

The Sport Classic uses ducts positioned under the rear spoiler to transfer additional air into its engine compartment to compensate for the lack of holes in its sides.

Interior Design

2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

The inside has been tweaked to match the outward changes.

The standard Sport Chrono package includes white needles set against faces with green numerals and accents on the tachometer, dash-mounted clock, and Porsche trademarks embossed into the headrests and center console lid.

A dash-mounted logo and separate door sill plates are also included.

The door panels and seat centers are lined in pepita cloth, contrasting with the cabin’s black and brown leather decor.

An all-black leather inside is available for those looking for a more understated aesthetic.

Unlike Porsche’s last 911 Sport Classic, which had 250 units made for markets outside of the United States, the new Sport Classic will have an unspecified number of units shipped to our shores.

Color Options & Price

The Sport Classic’s pricing is unknown, but we expect it to be significantly higher than the 911 Turbo S’s starting price of $208,350.

Customers can order the 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic in one of four paint colors: gray, black, dark gray, or blue, each with contrasting light gray stripes, before the end of the year.

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2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic
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