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2024 Porsche 911 S/T is the Holy Grail of road-going 911s

Canadian pricing for the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T begins at $343,900

1972 Porsche 911 ST
1972 Porsche 911 STPicture by Peter Bleakney

As can be this 60th Anniversary 911 S/T, with solely 1963 (get it?) slated for manufacturing.

Fittingly, for the launch of the highly-focused, trimmed down 911 S/T, the roads Porsche has chosen right here in mountainous Calabria, Italy resemble an countless strand of spaghetti — left, proper, up, down, repeat — and largely abandoned aside from just a few wandering canines and the occasional trundling Fiat Panda. It’s a driver’s dream (and a passenger’s nightmare) however by gawd, these roads had been made for the raucous S/T, a particular that has been within the works for about two years.

2024 Porsche 911 S/T
2024 Porsche 911 S/TPicture by Peter Bleakney

What’s the Porsche 911 S/T?

Porsche stresses the S/T is just not a monitor automotive. It’s not chasing lap occasions, down-force numbers or high velocity. There’s not a hard and fast wing to be discovered, nor multi-adjustable suspension and even an out there PDK dual-clutch computerized transmission. Solely a bespoke close-ratio six-speed handbook transmission and rear-wheel drive, thanks very a lot. Porsche even ditches the rear-wheel steering to avoid wasting weight.

Wedge your self into the usual carbon bucket seats, twist the important thing (to the left of the steering wheel, ‘natch) and the engine barks to life and settles right into a busy idle. You received’t see the anticipated drive mode selector on the steering wheel or selectable energetic exhaust. The S/T has just one drive mode, and it’s balls-out, loud and all enterprise. Toe the throttle and the revs rise and fall — whoop, whoop, whoop — like there’s no flywheel. There’s one, nevertheless it’s a light-weight, noisy single-mass unit that’s paired with a particular, smaller diameter clutch (180 mm vs. 240 mm) that shaves a further 10.2 kg.

So, the 911 S/T must be lighter than air, proper? All that effort has the S/T coming in at 1,380 kg, which is about 40 kg below a inventory GT3 Touring with handbook transmission. Bringing your pre-teen alongside will just about negate that. They’ll simply complain concerning the noise and stiff trip, anyway.

Is the Porsche 911 S/T comfy?

The driving force’s seat is the place to be within the S/T. Should you can match within the fixed-rake carbon buckets, that’s the best way to go — they maintain the physique in a agency embrace that has you feeling like an extension of the automotive. Whereas agency and fairly actually a ache within the ass to get into, they’re surprisingly comfy for the lengthy haul. No-cost four-way-adjustable Sports activities Seat Plus are supplied for these much less dedicated and/or much less agile.

Porsche has shortened the throws of the GT3’s stubby shifter within the S/T — it serves up a deliciously correct mechanical connection to the gearbox, and auto rev-matching is out there if one dives into the infotainment menu. We didn’t. It’s all concerning the purity of the expertise, bear in mind. Talking of purity, the S/T’s rear spoiler (with its personal particular Gurney flap) deploys at 120 km/h (versus 80 km/h for the GT3 Touring) as a result of the Porsche workforce feels the spoiler… er, spoils the 911’s purity of line. So that they held off for an additional 30 km/h. Like it.

What powers the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T?

The star of the present is the S/T’s 4.0L naturally-aspirated boxer six-cylinder engine, right here borrowing its tune from the GT3 RS track-maven which interprets to 518 horsepower at 8,500 rpm and 343 lb-ft of torque at 6,300. Oh sure, it’s a screamer, and it must be revved arduous to ship. Simply when most efficiency engines are giving up the battle at 7,000 rpm, this jewel finds its second wind and costs to 9,000 rpm like a ferret with its tail on hearth. It’s an exhilarating, chilling and addictive mechanical hit. This is likely to be the twilight of the interior combustion period, however Porsche is ensuring its iconic 911 rides off into that ICE sundown on a bottle rocket.

Is the Porsche 911 S/T enjoyable to drive?

The bespoke six-speed handbook gearbox with its eight-per-cent shorter gearing exhibits its value on these tight, winding roads. Second gear tops out at 120 km/h (vs about 130 km/h for the GT3 Touring) which provides this light-weight 911 a depraved kill zone whereas additionally making certain Canadian prospects kissing the redline can be much less felonious. Third gear is a extra tractable alternative now too, pulling the S/T strongly out of bends which may have requested for second gear earlier than.

The S/T’s dampers and spring charges stay the identical because the GT3 Touring, though the S/T’s suspension engineer Daniel Sprissler tells me he spent the higher a part of a yr nice tuning the PASM (Porsche Lively Suspension Administration) and PSM (Porsche Stability Administration) to offer this 911 its elevated stage of communication and immediacy. Curiously, the PASM swap (a toggle on the sprint), which usually calls up the firmest damper setting does the reverse within the S/T, softens the suspension a bit. For these roads with their tough, undulating surfaces, it helped preserve the automotive planted.

2024 Porsche 911 S/T
2024 Porsche 911 S/TPicture by Peter Bleakney

Can I say sufficient concerning the S/T’s steering? It’s linked to the current-gen GT3’s multi-link entrance suspension (the one 911 ever to not have a Macpherson strut set-up), and Sprissler says they targeted on making an attempt to make the S/T’s electrically-assisted helm really feel as near a great old style hydraulic system as potential. This concerned particular {hardware} and in depth tuning, with the workforce decreasing the steering ratio a smidge from the GT3 Touring to offer the S/T a smoother, extra pure flip in. Mission completed, I’d say. The locking values within the limited-slip differential had been additionally modified to offer the automotive its personal cornering character.

All these components come collectively in a magical, mechanical concord. The S/T’s nostril hunts down corners like a blood hound on the scent, diving into bends and powering out with nary a touch of understeer. Grip from the staggered Michelin Cup 2 rubber (255/35 ZR 20 entrance, 315/30 ZR 21 rear) is epic, but the rears will fortunately sidestep when hammering out of second gear turns.

Discovering a rhythm within the S/T is pure motoring pleasure, with the second day’s route having us on extra open, sweeping roads with higher sight traces. The automotive is happier at this extra elevated, flowing tempo (or possibly it was simply my abdomen). We truly bought into fourth and fifth gears just a few occasions. Whoopee! Porsche selected these routes to showcase the S/T’s particular road-going talent set, one to coax an intimate man/machine relationship like no different fashionable 911 — a driving expertise that distils 60 years of the 911 into the purest, headiest of elixirs that when sampled, has one craving for extra. This automotive will hang-out your goals.

2024 Porsche 911 S/T
2024 Porsche 911 S/TPicture by Peter Bleakney

How a lot is the 2024 Porsche 911 S/T in Canada?

Are there any down sides to the Porsche 911 S/T? I suppose I may complain concerning the fixed din inside the cabin — a mix of highway noise, engine howl and rattle from the single-mass flywheel. However I received’t. It’s all a part of the expertise. The truth that the 2024 911 S/T, with beginning value of $343,900 in Canada, is about $100k dearer than the marginally much less fabulous GT3 Touring on which it’s based mostly may additionally elevate an eyebrow or two.

However not from the monied Porsche-files who would step over their very own grandmother simply to beg on bended knees to get on the very, very brief allocation listing. The primary autos are set to reach within the second quarter of 2024.

Sizzling tip. Should you do win the 911 S/T lottery, go for the Heritage Version Package deal. It’s solely one other $23,220 and for that, one will get fab Shoreblue Metallic paint, white wheels and a shocking cockpit trimmed in cognac leather-based with retro houndstooth cloth. Oh, and the value of admission additionally consists of an unique Porsche Design 911 S/T computerized chronograph watch.

Porsche Design 911 S/T watch
Porsche Design 911 S/T watchPicture by Peter Bleakney

Completely satisfied 60th birthday to the Porsche 911, certainly.

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