Porsche Introduces 6-Speed Manual-Only 911 S/T, The Lightest 992

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The perfect 992 Porsche 911 doesn’t exi…. Wait, we think it does – Porsche has unveiled the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T, a special-edition model commemorating the 60th anniversary of the 911’s launch. This exclusive vehicle is a homage to a relatively obscure late-Sixties/early-Seventies racing version of the 911 S and has already become a center of attention for collectors and automotive enthusiasts alike.

Limited to a production run of just 1963 units, the Porsche 911 S/T is a testament to the brand’s commitment to craftsmanship and performance excellence. With a price tag of $291,650 MSRP, it also claims the title of being the most expensive 992-generation 911. However, its impressive specifications and unique features guarantee that demand will undoubtedly outstrip supply and will more than likely be sold out faster than an 1-2 shift using its 6-speed manual transmission.

The 911 S/T is the brainchild of Porsche Motorsport’s GT department, which is renowned for its remarkable work on 911 GT3 models and their derivatives. Merging elements from the GT3 RS and the GT3 Touring, the S/T focuses on delivering an exhilarating road-focused driving experience. The car employs the narrower bodyshell of the GT3 but incorporates distinctive design details such as cutouts behind the front wheels and carbon-fiber doors from the GT3 RS.

The 911 S/T shares the same engine specifications as the GT3 RS – a potent 4.0-liter, 9000-rpm flat-six engine with hotter cams, boosting the peak output to an impressive 518 horsepower. However, what sets the S/T apart is its exclusive six-speed manual transmission, further emphasizing its commitment to the essence of driving pleasure and engagement.

Porsche’s pursuit of weight reduction is evident in the S/T’s construction. Carbon fiber is strategically used for the hood, roof, fenders, rear anti-roll bar, and rear shear panel. The car also features magnesium alloy wheels and omits the rear-wheel steering, a staple of previous Porsche GT models. Additionally, standard carbon-ceramic brakes, lightweight glass, and reduced sound deadening further contribute to the car’s overall weight-saving efforts. The result is a curb weight of 3056 pounds, an impressive 70 pounds lighter than the GT3 Touring.

Stepping inside the 911 S/T, one will find carbon-backed bucket seats as standard, providing both comfort and support during spirited driving. Porsche also offers an optional, striking cognac-colored interior trim, adding a touch of elegance to the driver-focused cabin. Paying homage to its heritage, the S/T features green typeface on the gauges, reminiscent of the classic 356 and early 911 models.

The concept of the 911 S/T bears similarities to the highly sought-after 911 R from 2016, which blended components from both the GT3 and GT3 RS, offering a relatively lightweight, manual-only experience. The 911 R has since become an instant collectible, with soaring prices reflecting its desirability among enthusiasts. Given its unique attributes and limited production, the 911 S/T is poised to follow a similar trajectory and secure its place as a classic in the world of automotive history.

Porsche enthusiasts and automotive aficionados can look forward to witnessing the public debut of the 911 S/T at the upcoming Rennsport Reunion event in the coming months. For those in the United States eager to experience this exceptional model, U.S.-spec cars are scheduled to arrive at Porsche dealerships in the spring of the following year. No word on ordering banks but if you don’t have a close relationship with a local Porsche dealer, you may already be too late to order this one!


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