Porsche 911 S/T: Pure Driving in a 60th Anniversary PackageAugust 4, 2023
Porsche is celebrating a big milestone for their halo car: 60 years of 911. And, as expected, they’re honoring six decades of sports car thrills with a special trim.
What’s unexpected is what makes up the 911 S/T. Limited to just 1,963 units (see what they did there?) for the 2024 model year, the S/T brings together parts from the 911 GT3 Touring Package with the GT3 RS, the most important of which is a 4.0-liter boxer engine (from the RS) mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
The engine puts out 518 horsepower, naturally aspirated and reaching for a 9,000 rpm redline. Porsche says the S/T is “meant for journeys on public roads,” and the lack of aggressive aero elements and the unseen implementation of various weight-saving techniques and reduced rotating mass in the powertrain surely points towards the self-proclaimed “pure, undiluted driving experience.”
In total, the S/T shaves off 70 lbs from the manual 911 GT3 Touring, and in total weighs 3,056 lbs– the lightest model from the 992 generation. This was achieved through standard lightweight glass, less sound insulation, various carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) bits, and lightweight wheels. The engineers devised a new lightweight clutch for this anniversary model, working in tandem with a single-mass flywheel. This reduces rotating mass by 23 pounds, also said to improve responsiveness from the boxer engine. Further strengthening the link between man and machine is the aforementioned manual transmission combined with a shorter gear ratio than the 911 GT3 for additional urgency. At the end of it all, power + weight savings = 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and a top track speed of 186 mph.
At those speeds, some level of aero is required; the S/T does feature a few elements, like the gurney flap attached to the extended rear spoiler. This should help keep things planted, working alongside the 255/35 ZR 20 front and 315/30 ZR 21 rear high-performance tires. Drivers will stay equally stable in the standard bucket seats, though four-way-adjustable sport seats can be had as a no-cost option.
Befittingly, the S/T can be built with an exclusive Heritage Design Package, headlined by a new ‘Shore Blue Metallic’ paint and ‘Ceramica’ wheel rim color. The doors are marked by a decorative starting number, joined by throwback styled Porsche crests from the original 911 on the front, the wheel center caps, steering wheel and headrests. Those seats, by the way, are upholstered with cloth centers in Classic Cognac with black pinstripes– another throwback. If you’re looking for the ultimate 911 tribute, this may just be it.
The price, however, is a far stretch from the original 911’s MSRP. The 2024 Porsche 911 S/T starts at a cool $290,000, with buyers needing to pay an additional $1,650 for delivery. If you’re fortunate enough to put an order in for one (and afford it), you can expect a delivery window something spring next year.