Porsche is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the 911 with the special edition Porsche 911 S/T, which will be produced in a limited run of 1,963 units, the company announced.
Designed for maximum driving enjoyment, designers said, the Porsche 911 S/T offers lightweight design and the 518 hp, high-revving engine from the 911 GT3 RS paired with a manual transmission and lightweight clutch.
According to the manufacturer, the name is derived from a performance-focused version of the first-generation 911. From 1969, Porsche offered a special race version of the 911 S, and internally, those vehicles were called 911 ST. Modifications to the chassis, wheels, engine and body improved acceleration, braking, traction and cornering grip. Large spoilers and other aerodynamic aids were not yet used in these models. The new 911 S/T takes up the spirit of the original 911 S (ST) and transfers it to the current model generation of the Porsche 911, the company said. The anniversary model combines elements of the 911 GT3 RS with the body of the 911 GT3 with Touring Package and supplements it with lightweight components specially developed for the 911 S/T.
To reduce weight, the hood, roof, front fenders and the doors are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), as are the rear axle anti-roll bar and shear panel (stiffening element on the rear axle). Porsche also fits the anniversary model with magnesium wheels, the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) system, a lithium-ion starter battery and lightweight glass, all as standard. With reduced insulation, the omission of rear-axle steering and weight savings in the powertrain, the 911 S/T achieves a curb weight of just 3,056 lbs. This makes the car 70 lbs. lighter than a manual 911 GT3 Touring, Porsche engineers said.
Porsche engineers also developed a new lightweight clutch exclusively for the 911 S/T, the company said. In conjunction with a single-mass flywheel, it reduces the weight of the rotating mass by approximately 23 lbs. The naturally aspirated boxer engine is also coupled with a six-speed manual transmission with a shorter gear ratio than on the 911 GT3. It propels the 911 S/T to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and can achieve a top track speed of 186 mph, according to Porsche. Other features include the standard lightweight Sport Exhaust system and a double-wishbone front-axle design with a multi-link rear axle without rear-axle steering, along with specially tuned dampers and control systems.
The aerodynamics of the 911 S/T are also optimized for the road use rather than the racetrack, Porsche engineers said. The anniversary model is equipped as standard with a Gurney flap on the extending rear spoiler. Standard equipment also includes 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) lightweight center-locking magnesium wheels wrapped with high-performance 255/35 ZR 20 tires at the front of the car and 315/30 ZR 21 tires on the rear. CFRP full bucket seats come as standard and four-way-adjustable Sports Seat Plus are available at no extra charge. The instrument cluster and the clock of the Chrono package are finished in a green Porsche color scheme.
The 911 S/T will be offered with an optional exclusive Heritage Design Package, the company said. The new exterior color Shore Blue Metallic and the wheel rim color Ceramica are exclusively available for this variant. On the doors, a starting number from 0 to 99 as well as a decorative foil can be applied on request. The classic-style Porsche crest from the original 911 adorns the front, the center caps of the wheels, the steering wheel, the headrests and the car key. The interior also features cloth seat centers in Classic Cognac with black pinstripes. Two-tone semi-aniline leather trim in Black/Classic Cognac with extensive leather surrounds, a roof lining in perforated Dinamica, and other elements from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur round out the package. The Porsche logo and the 911 S/T model designation on the rear of the car are in Gold.