Stuttgart’s speed maestros are popping champagne today. Porsche has officially taken the wraps off the 911 S/T, a stripped-down, manual-shift speedster that pays tribute to the 911’s six decade-long legacy. This rarefied ride blends retro flair with track-ripping performance – a scintillating synthesis befitting the iconic marque’s Diamond anniversary.
Beneath the 911 S/T’s classically-styled exterior lies the soul of a beast: a 4.0-liter naturally aspirated flat-six transplanted straight from the GT3 RS stable. Churning out 518 galloping horses, this free-breathing powerplant rockets the S/T to 60 mph in just 3 and a half ticks before topping out at a breakneck 186 mph.
Sharpening the 911’s scalpel-like reflexes is a lean, mean curb weight of just 3,056 pounds. By paring down sound deadening, nixing the rear seats, and fitting lightweight glass and carbon fiber panels, Porsche’s boffins have whittled this anniversary edition down to fighting form.
Channeling this explosive power to the rear wheels is a newly-developed close-ratio 6-speed manual – a tactile transmission tailored to wring every last rev from the raspy flat-six. This is unfiltered, old-school driving at its most immersive.
Visually, the 911 S/T pays homage to the Neunelfer’s roots with a classic-look appearance package featuring gold logos and era-evoking details. And with a limited production run of just 1,963 units, this birthday Porsche promises future collectability too.
From its rear-engine layout to its timeless Coke-bottle styling, the 911 has always prized driving purity over passing fads. 6 decades on, the 911 S/T reaffirms that ethos. Happy birthday to an automotive icon!
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