The Porsche 911 turns 60 in 2023, and to honor that heritage, the company has released the 911 S/T, a throwback to the special performance-edition 911 S models of the late 1960s.

Now, when it comes to performance, Porsche is definitely not a believer in the one size fits all, and like all 911’s, the S/T occupies a narrow niche within the model range.

DAVE SCRIVENER: “Porsche is approaching Baskin-Robbins territory. I think there’s 27 flavors of 811 now, and not a plain vanilla in the bunch. The 911 S/T is positioned to be the ultimate street GT 911, and built to be lightweight, nimble and dynamic for the driver.

I can’t give the location, but we’re driving the actual roads Porsche’s engineers used to develop this car. It tracks with pinpoint precision, soaks up bumps, and still gives you a ride you can drive every day.”

Riding on the current 911’s standard “narrow” chassis, the new S/T rocks a double-wishbone front-axle design and a multi-link rear without rear steering.

The 518 horsepower, naturally-aspirated 4.0-liter Boxer-six from the 911 GT3 RS slams power to the pavement through a six-speed manual transmission and a new lightweight clutch.

Thanks to a single-mass flywheel, rotating mass in the engine is reduced by 23 pounds, resulting in quicker revs to that 9000 RPM redline, and more energetic throttle response when charging toward that next corner.

At just 3,056 pounds, the S/T is the lightest 911 of the 992 generation. The hood, roof, front fenders, and doors are made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic, as in the rear axle anti-roll bar. Standard equipment also includes magnesium wheels fronting ceramic composite brakes, a lithium-ion starter battery, and lightweight glass.

Zero to sixty springs are achieved in a claimed 3.5 seconds, on the way to a 186 miles per hour top speed.

The 911 S/T is not a car for the faint of heart, and at just over $290,000, nor for the light of wallet. Just 1963 examples will be sold, with deliveries expected to begin early in 2024.

Keep up with MotorWeek for all the details, and a thorough 911 S/T test drive, soon.