Porsche’s obtained to get by a mound of birthday presents this yr, celebrating each the seventy fifth anniversary of the corporate and the sixtieth anniversary of the automobile that defines — the 911. We have been ready for this subsequent bauble for some time, a coupe that honors one of many rarest early 911s. That is the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T, paying homage to the 1970 and 1971 ST, a light-weight particular designed for sports activities automobile and GT racing courses. The early model began with a 911S constructed with thinner-gauge metal and the deletion of quite a few facilities to chop weight to about 2,120 kilos, obtainable with an engine making about 267 horsepower. The 2024 Porsche 911 S/T melds the 911 GT3 Touring and 911 GT3 RS, dropping some weight with a mixture of new and present elements however leaving output numbers alone.
We’ll begin with the engine, the 4.0-liter flat-six within the GT3 RS that makes 518 horsepower and 342 pound-feet of torque, revving to 9,000 rpm. Engineers labored up a single-mass flywheel that sheds 23 kilos and connects to a short-ratio six-speed handbook transmission through a light-weight clutch. It is the primary time this boxer six in GT3 RS spec has been given handbook gearbox management. Extra kilos are misplaced due to the omission of rear-wheel steering, which additionally hasn’t been accomplished earlier than on a 911 with the most recent multi-link rear suspension. An array of different customary Porsche elements add lightness, together with magnesium wheels and a ceramic braking system, light-weight Sport Exhaust, a lithium-ion starter battery, light-weight glass, leather-based doorways pulls, and quite a few CFRP elements from the GT3 RS builder’s information. Having misplaced some sound insulation as properly, the whole package deal drops 70 kilos in comparison with a 911 GT3 Touring with a handbook, coming in at 3,056 kilos.
Sending energy to a shortened axle ratio, the automaker says the 911 S/T will get from zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds. That comes simply forward of the three.7-second dash claimed for the six-speed handbook 911 GT3 Touring, behind the three.0-second dash for the GT3 RS with the identical engine. That half-second distinction to the GT3 RS represents the advantage of Porsche’s PDK transmission.
As a result of the corporate sees this as “meant for journeys on public roads,” aero addenda are restricted to the spats behind the entrance wheels and a gurney flap on the deployable rear spoiler. As a result of consumers may need to let everybody know what they’re driving, there is a “60 Years of the 911” Heritage Design Bundle. This is available in a brand new shade known as Shore Blue Metallic with white accents just like the roundels on the doorways and painted wheels sporting a hue known as Ceramica. Extra refined clues include the commemorative and mannequin designation badges on the engine consumption, the Porsche brand throughout the rear in gold, and the vintage-style Porsche crests showing on the entrance of the automobile and on the wheel heart caps.
The inside is available in both black or Traditional Cognac, additionally dotted with the traditional Porsche crest in locations just like the steering wheel and headrests. CFRP bucket seats come customary, their heart sections adorned with black vertical pinstripes within the Traditional Cognac inside or white pinstripes within the black inside. 4-way Sport Seat Plus chairs might be swapped for no cost. The gauges and Chrono Bundle clock show one other throwback, being inexperienced illumination that remembers a shade the racing division as soon as used for a few of its race vehicles.
Porsche plans to construct 1,963 examples, every promoting for $290,000 plus one other $1,650 for vacation spot. Deliveries are anticipated to start in spring 2024. Anybody fortunate sufficient to safe an allotment might be supplied the possibility to purchase a Porsche Design watch known as Chronograph 1 – 911 S/T for $13,500.
The general public debut occurs at this autumn’s Rennsport Reunion 7, happening from September 28 to October 1 at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca.