“It wasn’t cheap, but after spending £140,000, you can’t really say no…” The Sport Classic was the final model to be created by the Exclusive department. In these days of automated production lines, emissions scandals and homologation tests, it seems Porsche and their clientele no longer have the freedom they once had. Symptomatic of this is the fact that the Sport Classic was never sold in North America due to a small production run and changes that the US deemed significant enough to homologate a new model, making it unviable. There is no single element of the Sport Classic that is the defining winner. It’s the overall effect of the carefully thought-out changes by Porsche Exclusive that come together to make the car so special.
But the Sport Classic is not just visually different. Driving between photo locations, that taught handling, short shift gearlever, carbon ceramic brakes, Sports steering wheel and the suspension setup all give an analogue connection to the car; this is a modern era 911 with all the classic feelings that cynics say have been removed from modern 991s. And so the Sport Classic is a fitting tribute to Porsche Exclusive. Far more than just a cool grey paint scheme and motorsport styling touches, it’s a great drive. In fact, this is quite probably my favourite 911 drive of all time.
Model 997 Sport Classic
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Maximum power 408hp @ 7,300rpm
Maximum torque 420Nm @ 4,200-5,600rpm
Porsche Exclusive Powerkit Suspension Front Independent; MacPherson strut; PASM Rear Independent; Multi-link; PASM
Wheels & tyres
Front 8.5×19-inch Fuchs; 235/35/ZR19 tyres
Rear 11×19-inch Fuchs; 305/30/ZR19 tyres
Length 4,435mm Width 1,852mm Weight 1,425kg
Performance 0-62mph 4.6 secs
Top speed 187mph