Celebrating the 911’s 60th anniversary, Porsche combines the naturally aspirated flat-six of the 911 GT3 RS with the six-speed manual from the GT3 Touring and adds a whole lotta lightness.
Why do we have the Porsche 911 S/T? There’s always something to celebrate at Porsche. Not long ago, we witnessed the brand turning 70-years-old. And, as part of that milestone, Porsche introduced the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster. A limited-run swan song to the 991 generation 911 that took driving enjoyment to nirvana.
Now we get to blow 60 candles out on the 911’s birthday cake. And for the iconic nameplate’s present, Porsche wants to give in similar fashion. Hence this limited production run—1963 examples—of the 2024 911 S/T. A mashup of the best-of-the-best 911 parts in, sprinkled with an extreme intermittent fasting diet to build the lightest 992 generation 911—ever.
Porsche named it the S/T as an homage to late 60’s era equipment. In 1969, Porsche started building racing versions of the 911 S, internally known as 911 ST. That meant modifications to the engine, chassis, and body to increase performance across the board. For the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T, we see similar changes in spirit, but with a bent towards on-road driving fun.
For example, Porsche plucked the naturally aspirated, 4.0-liter flat-six engine from the GT3 RS shelf, replete with its 9000 rpm redline and 518 peak horsepower, and combined that with the slick shifting, six-speed manual transmission of the 911 GT3 with the Touring package. Already a stellar combination, but Porsche went on reduce the curb weight of the S/T to just 3056 pounds, 70 pounds lighter than the GT3 Touring!
Engineers achieved the feat by fitting magnesium wheels, ceramic brakes (named Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake or PCCB), lightweight glass, a lithium-ion 12 volt battery, not to mention reducing the amount of insulation used.
But the neatest weight reducing trick comes courtesy of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). Porsche swapped the standard hood, roof, front fenders, and doors with CFRP counterparts. That’s in addition to a CFRP rear anti-roll bar and a piece on the rear axle called a shear panel. Finally, Porsche used a 23 pound lighter clutch, mounted up with an also light single-mass flywheel.
That last bit should make the S/T a fast and free-revving play thing. And a quick one, too. Porsche claims the S/T will reach 60 mph from rest in 3.5 seconds, quite good for something without PDK and the launch control that comes with it. The S/T goes on to 186 mph if you keep your foot in it.
And when the going gets twisty, a nice and light 911 should behave well. You get nice and sticky rubber sized 255/35R20 up front and 315/30R21 in back. Yeah, a staggered setup in both width and diameter. And to hold you in place, nice and supportive bucket seats made from more CFRP.
But perhaps the coolest part of the S/T is the look. It’s low and wide and sleek, of course. But it’s also coated in a exclusive Shore Blue Metallic paint along with a Ceramica wheel finish to look fashionably retro. Inside follows suit with cognac colored seat cloth centers and a general old-school heritage vibe.
Want one? You’ll have to wait until Spring of 2024. And bring your piggy bank. Starting price is $291,650. Gulp. And that’s before a myriad of options like a watch to match the car for $13,500 called the Chronograph 1 – 911 S/T.
But of course it’s extremely expensive, a limited-run special-edition Porsche imbues privilege. But based on how exquisitely well the 2019 911 Speedster drove, I can only imagine this will deliver priceless experiences. So if you love driving, and can afford one, the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T is almost certainly a bargain.
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