The Legacy of the Porsche 911 SC: Super Carrera

The Legacy of the Porsche 911 SC: Super Carrera

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A bronze Porsche 911 SC Super Carrera
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The Porsche 911 SC Super Carrera is an icon in the world of sports cars. It’s a classic that has stood the test of time, and its design and performance still impress car fans today. The 911 SC was first introduced in 1978 as a replacement for the 911 S, and it quickly became a popular model in the Porsche lineup.

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The first 911 SC model was powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that produced 180 horsepower and 175 lb-ft of torque. This was a significant improvement over the 911 S, which had a 2.4-liter engine that produced 190 horsepower. The 911 SC’s engine was also the first all-aluminum engine used in a Porsche, which reduced weight and improved fuel efficiency. 

closeup engine shot Porsche 911 SC Super Carrera
An air cooled 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine
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The 911 SC was equipped with a five-speed manual transmission that made for smooth and precise shifts. The car’s top speed was 140 mph, and it could go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. These figures were impressive for a car of its time, and they still hold up well today.

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Porsche 911 SC overlooking a sunset
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The 911 SC’s revised g-body design retained most of that classic Porsche style. The car’s distinctive round headlights and sloping roofline gave it a timeless appeal that still turns heads today. The body itself shares the same width as the 911 Carrera. Due to regulations, front and back impact bumpers with black bellows were integrated into the design, setting it apart from the original 911 design. The 911 SC came in a Cabriolet model, becoming the first fully open-top 911, along with Targa “Safety Cabriolet” and Coupé models.

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Dark blue Porsche 911 SC at Luftgekühlt 5
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A 911 SC’s bumper with Porsche’s signature black bellows
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Inside the car, the 911 SC was just as impressive. The interior was spacious and comfortable, with leather seats, air conditioning, and power windows. The dashboard featured an array of gauges and instruments that provided essential information about the car’s performance. The steering wheel was also leather-wrapped and had a classic three-spoke design that felt great in the driver’s hands.

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Interior of a Porsche 911 SC
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One of the most significant advances in the 911 SC was the introduction of the Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection system. This system replaced the traditional carburetor and greatly improved the car’s performance and fuel efficiency. The K-Jetronic system was also easier to maintain than the carburetor and provided more consistent performance across all driving conditions. The output of the engine was roughly 180 horsepower, which was then upgraded to 191 horsepower, and then, by 1981, 201 horsepower.

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Diagram of how Bosch’s K-Jetronic Fuel Injection works
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The 911 SC Super Carrera was a significant milestone in Porsche’s history. It represented a new level of engineering and design excellence, setting the bar for sports cars to come. Today, the 911 SC remains a highly sought-after collector’s item, with its timeless style and exceptional performance making it a standout among other classic cars. If you have the opportunity to drive one, you’ll understand why the 911 SC is such an iconic car in the world of sports cars.

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Porsche 911 SC on road
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