2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic debuts with 543 HP, RWD and a manual

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Update: We incorrectly listed the power rating as 563. The correct rating is 543. We apologize for the error.

The 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic isn’t just classic thanks to a cool ducktail spoiler and some graphics. Inside the cockpit you won’t find any paddle shifters. There are three pedals at your feet, with a gear lever in the center console. There is no automatic option. There is no all-wheel-drive option. And the driver has 543 horsepower to manage, making it the most powerful manual transmission car in Porsche’s lineup.

As such, some might call the new 911 Sport Classic an analog supercar in the digital world. It is exactly what Porsche Special Projects Director Grant Larson called the latest 911 during a media conference call, outlining details of the Sport Classic. You could also call it a 911 Turbo S with a manual, because the Sport Classic is based on that car with the wider stance, and yes, the same 3.7-liter twin-turbo flat-six engine, although out of tune. The power goes exclusively to the rear wheels, and you also get ceramic brakes, Dynamic Chassis Control, rear axle steering and the Active Suspension Management System, all standard.

2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic Exterior view
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic Exterior view

Integrating the flared rear of the Turbo S into the Sport Classic was important to Porsche to give the car a vintage, wide look. The ducktail spoiler also adds significantly to the classic design, paying homage to the much-loved 911 Carrera RS of the 1970s. the exterior and interior recall some of the company’s earlier designs. And it’s impossible to miss the modern interpretation of classic Fuchs wheels, pumped up on the Sport Classic to 20 inches in the front, 21 inches in the rear.

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As you can imagine, the 911 Sport Classic includes many less obvious design features that you won’t find on other models. The aforementioned roof is one of them, made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). The bonnet is also made of CFRP and is not offered on the 911 Turbo. The fixed front spoiler and the black LED-Matrix headlights are Sport Classic exclusives. Stripes on top decidedly is a feature of Sport Classic, as are the roundels with numbers on the doors. Buyers can choose any number between 1 and 99, or since these are decals they can be removed for a less race car look.

2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic Exterior view
2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic Exterior view
Interior view of the 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic

Given the 911 Turbo S engine in the rear, you might be wondering about the lack of side vents on the Sport Classic. Designers wanted a smooth, unbroken surface, so new tools were created to make wide fenders without vents. Talk to Motor1.com, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur director Boris Apenbrink explained that the engine’s detuning meant less air was needed. Engineers also reworked other air channels to further compensate for the missing vents, including the ducts under the ducktail spoiler. The end result is a very clean widebody look that is exclusive to the 911 Sport Classic.

The interior is also upgraded for the 911 Special Edition. Semi-aniline leather is used for the first time since the 918 Spyder, where it is combined with cloth seat inserts, cloth door panels and trim wood to evoke a late 1960s/early 1970s vibe. The analog tachometer is retro in style and you will find many Porsche brandings as well as the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur logo throughout the greenhouse. It’s also still a four-seater, because the aim of the 911 Sport Classic is not to be a hardcore track machine but a very pleasant driving car.

And for the first time, drivers in the United States will get a taste of the 911 Sport Classic. 1,250 are slated for global production, although specific allocations for the United States are not yet known. It will be offered in four colours, including black, agate gray metallic, gentian blue metallic or sport gray metallic – a tint specially designed for the Sport Classic. Buyers will also be able to get a special Sport Classic-themed watch, though pricing for that or the car isn’t yet available.

The 2023 Porsche 911 Sport Classic is expected to arrive in dealerships in late 2022.

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