The Porsche 911 S/T Is One For The Purists
The German marque’s latest special-edition 911 may be its best modern street car yet — prioritising winding country roads over lap times.
Porsche has lifted the covers off its latest special edition release, the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T. Released to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the iconic design, it’s limited to 1963 examples — a nod to the year the 911 debuted.
Deriving its name from the lightweight, high-performance variation of 1970-71 produced in small numbers for motor racing—which was responsible for winning at the likes of Le Mans and the Nurburgring—the Porsche 911 S/T is the closest Porsche has gotten to making a ‘touring’ version of the 911 GT3.
Under the skin is the 4.0-litre flat-six from the 911 GT3 RS, delivering 386 kW and 465 Nm with a maximum of 9000 rpm. Mated to a short-ratio six-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels, it’s complemented by lightweight construction for maximum agility and driving pleasure.
With a kerb weight of 1380kg, it’s the lightest model of the 992 generation. Weight-saving measures include a predominantly carbon fibre construction, magnesium wheels, a race-style lithium-ion starter battery, and lightweight glass as standard. Rear-axle steering is eschewed to further save weight, resulting in the 911 S/T being 40kg lighter than a manual GT3 Touring.
Antithetical to the numbers-oriented approach taken with its electric models, the marque focuses on pure driving pleasure with the 911 S/T with a heady soundtrack set to impress even the most ardent ICE purists. That said, its stats aren’t too shabby — the newcomer does 0 to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds with a top speed of 300km/h.
Better suited for winding country roads than lap times, the Porsche 911 S/T features a new lightweight clutch and single-mass flywheel, both adding a degree of complexity (and dynamism) to the driving experience. Aerodynamics are designed with road use in mind, with a notable absence of dramatic wings, bar a short Gurney flap on the rear spoiler.
Opting for the Heritage Design Package sees the vehicle take on an exclusive shade of Shoreblue Metallic with Ceramica rims, resulting in a decidedly elegant effect.
Step inside and you’ll find the interior designed with weight-saving measures in mind. Carbon fibre bucket seats are standard, with the Classic Cognac shade complemented by black pinstripes in an homage to the model’s heritage. Leather trims in Black and Classic Cognac also feature, with a roof lining in perforated Dinamica.
The Porsche 911 S/T is now available for order in Australia, from $660,500 (before ORC).
From $660,500; porsche.com
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