While Porsche’s dual-clutch automatic gearbox in the Turbo and Turbo S is brilliant, it can never completely replace a manual. The new Porsche 911 Sport Classic coupe remedies this by coming with a seven-speed manual gearbox exclusively. As for the Porsche 911 Sport Classic’s engine, it’s the familiar 3.7-liter twin-turbocharged flat-six. However, its output has been reduced for its pairing with the manual. Now producing 543 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque, it’s still enough to make this the most powerful 911 manual yet. All that power is directed to the rear wheels exclusively.
We don’t expect the Sport Classic to match the 911 Turbo’s 0-60 mph time of 2.7 seconds but it will still be devilishly quick. The manual transmission comes with an auto-blip function to compensate for engine-speed variances when shifting gears, and the sports exhaust has been uniquely tuned for an especially emotive soundtrack. The suspension, based on the 911 Turbo and 911 GTS models, comes with the Porsche Active Suspension Management system.
Porsche claims a combined 12.6 liters per 100 km on the WLTP cycle, which translates to roughly 18.6 mpg. However, EPA ratings have yet to be published.