After much speculation, the secret is out. To mark the 60th anniversary of the 911, a new special model is coming out of Zuffenhausen – the Porsche 911 S/T. Unlike the previous anniversary models, it is not based on the Carrera, but on the Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The purist anniversary 911 will be limited to 1,963 units and can be ordered at prices starting at 292,187 euros.
To celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Porsche 911 in a fitting manner, the engineers from Weissach focused entirely on driving pleasure. Porsche talks about combining the strengths of the 911 GT3 Touring and the 911 GT3 RS. The Porsche 911 S/T inherited its engine from the racing 911. The 4.0-liter free-aspirating unit produces 525 hp and revs up to 9,000 rpm.
Unlike the GT3 RS, which is clearly geared to lap times, however, the gears in the Porsche 911 S/T are engaged manually. In combination with a newly developed lightweight clutch including a single-mass flywheel, the “60 Years of the 911” special model saves 10.5 kilograms of rotating mass in the drivetrain. As a result, the engine responds even faster and more spontaneously to throttle commands. The gear ratio of the six-speed transmission is extremely short. The top speed is “only” 300 km/h. This places the Porsche 911 S/T between the 992 Carrera and Carrera S in this discipline.
The most impressive point is certainly the vehicle weight. At 1,380 kilograms, the Porsche 911 S/T weighs 40 kilograms less than a manual 992 GT3 Touring and a whopping 70 kilograms less than the GT3 RS. How is this possible? Through “lightweight construction from fender to clutch,” as Porsche proudly proclaims.
The roof, front hood, front fenders and doors are made of carbon. Even the roll cage, rear axle stabilizer, and rear axle stiffeners are made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. There’s also thin glass, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), magnesium rims and a lithium-ion starter battery.
In addition, the Porsche 911 S/T does without rear-axle steering. It is thus the only current 911 with a double-wishbone front axle and multi-link rear axle without rear-axle steering. The suspension components, dampers and control systems have been retuned precisely for this purpose.
Until 1968, the sportiest 911 was initially called the Porsche 911 S. From 1969, however, Porsche offered an even sportier model – specifically for competition purposes. Internally called the 911 ST, these cars had modified engines, suspensions, wheels and also bodies. Lateral and longitudinal dynamics benefited considerably.
Aerodynamics, on the other hand, was not yet an issue at the end of the 60s. Therefore, there were no large spoilers or other aerodynamic aids on the Porsche 911 ST. Porsche took up this spirit of originality once again and transferred it to the new model generation. That’s why the anniversary model celebrating the 911’s 60th birthday is called the Porsche 911 S/T.
As with past special models such as the Porsche 911 Speedster, there is also an exclusive Heritage Design package. These models come in the new Shorebluemetallic color. The rims are painted in Ceramica. In addition, a round starting number plate with a number between 0 and 99 can be applied to the doors on request.
Shortly after the Porsche company logo was redesigned, a historic crest was used again. The Porsche 911 S/T bears the Porsche Crest on the front, wheel covers, steering wheel, headrests and keys in the same design as the original 911. In addition, golden lettering adorns the rear of the vehicle – just as it did in 1963.
Porsche also cites its tradition in the choice of materials. The seat centers of the carbon-fiber full bucket seats (optional four-way Plus sport seats) feature pinstripes in black on Classic Cognac fabric. There is also a bi-color semi-aniline leather interior in black/Classic Cognac and extended leather surrounds to go with it. The headliner is finished in perforated Dinamica.
The exclusive chronograph to go with the vehicle is now part of Porsche’s good manners. Porsche Design offers buyers of the S/T the Chronograph 1 – 911 S/T. It features an uncoated and blasted titanium case and thus picks up on the lightweight construction concept of the Porsche 911 S/T. The rotor-driven watch is made of a special material. The rotor-driven movement type WERK 01.240 picks up the design of the magnesium wheel and rounds off the design.
The exclusivity of the Porsche 911 S/T, limited to 1,963 units, comes at a price. It starts at 292,187 euros including VAT. A 17,505 euro premium is charged for the optional Heritage Design package. And anyone who also orders the chronograph has to fork out a further 11,950 euros.
In return, you get a manual Porsche 992 GT3 RS in a discreet body, close to the 992 GT3 Touring. There has never been such a powerful, such an exclusive Porsche 911 Jubi. And it is to be feared that it will remain so.
After all, this special model could represent a last gasp of the traditional naturally aspirated engine without hybrid support. It remains to be seen whether sports cars exclusively with internal combustion engines and without turbochargers will find their way onto the road in the future.