Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition
As you probably know this year Porsche is celebrating 50 years of the 911 and what better way to celebrate it than with a special edition car. The limited edition car will feature a 991 variant car with some added performance and a lot of vintage touches. The sports car’s styling is meant to harken back to the early 911s.
The production run of the Anniversary Edition is limited to just 1,963 cars. The number commemorates the year that the legendary rear-engined sports car was first introduced. A lot has changed over the years, but there is still a clear heritage between the early cars and the new car.
At first glance the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition looks just like the standard 991. From the front the two are identical, but take a look at the side and you’ll notice wheels that look like a modern take on some older 911 wheels. From the back you will see the most visible changes. The biggest are the chrome slats on the back that resemble the early car as well as the special 50th anniversary badging.
The interior of the car is largely the same as the normal car, but with some nice touches. The door sills have the special 911 50th anniversary badging, but the more noticeable change is the style of the seats. The leather sports sears feature cloth inserts with a retro pattern and the seats also have the 50th anniversary badging on the head rest.
The limited edition is not just about styling changes. The car offers 30 more horsepower over the Carrera S, increasing power to 430 horsepower. This power increase is thanks to the Powerkit that comes standard with the anniversary edition. The special Porsche also comes standard with the Sport Chrono Package.
The rear-engined sports car can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds with the traditional manual transmission. If you go for the seven-speed dual clutch PDK transmission you can rocket from 0 to 60 mph in a mere 3.8 seconds. The car will keep going to the top speed of 186 mph with the traditional manual and 185 mph with the PDK.
While the PDK is much quicker, if you want to keep that vintage feel the traditional manual transmission is the better option.
The 911 50th Anniversary Edition will be available this fall and will start at $124,100 (plus the $950 destination charge).
The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a modern car with some vintage touches. The car offers better performance over the Carrera S and with the limited production may keep more of its value than other 911 Carreras. For a little more money than an optioned Carrera S you get a car with vintage touches and 30 extra horses. If you can afford it and manage to get one before everyone else, we would order one as soon as possible.
The Porsche 911 resolves apparent contradictions like no other sports car – such as between tradition and innovation or between exclusivity and high social acceptance, and of course between performance and efficiency. And so, Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with a special anniversary model based on the 911 Carrera S: like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupe with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive. Its efficient performance, active sport suspension – and special body have current relevancy: the anniversary 911 features the wide body, which is typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.
For the US market, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition will be equipped as standard with a Powerkit, which increases engine performance to 430 hp and includes the Sport Chrono Package. The 911 50th Anniversary Edition sprints from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds (3.8 with PDK) and can reach a top speed of 186 mph (185 with PDK). The limited edition models will be available at Porsche dealers this fall and will be priced from $124,100, not including a $950 destination charge.
Porsche will present the limited edition model in time for the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, which opens its gates to the public on September 12, 2013. In 1963, Porsche presented the original model to the public at this leading international show for the automotive industry. Since its first presentation – initially as the type 901 – the sports car icon has excited automotive fans across the globe, and today it is considered the reference for all other sports cars. Since making its debut in 1963, the model series has progressively developed without interruption. In the process, the unique character of the 911 was always preserved. The result of this evolution over a 50-year period – which included countless race victories as well – is a sports car that fully embodies the authenticity of the Porsche brand. Its DNA is reflected in all Porsche models.
This limited edition of the 911 Carrera S includes features that have contributed to the 50-year success story of the 911. For example, the limited edition includes Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with special tuning to complement its increased track width and to add support to the exceptional cornering dynamics of the 911. The sport exhaust system outputs a fitting emotional sound. Special 20-inch wheels are a visual tribute to the legendary “Fuchs” wheels and are finished in matte black paint with machine-polished centers. Chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine compartment grille and the panel between the rear lights emphasize the distinctive appearance of this limited edition model. Another technical highlight of the car’s equipment is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with bi-xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights.
Two unique colors are available for the anniversary 911, a darker graphite grey and a lighter geyser grey metallic. In addition black monochrome is also available. Each of the cars has a two-tone 3D-effect badge on the rear lid with the numbers “911 50″. This is repeated in three color embroidery on the headrest and in two colors as a logo on the tachometer and the aluminum door sill plates. It can also be found on the cup holder panel together with the limited edition number of the individual vehicle. Other exterior characteristics of the special model are high-gloss window frames and sport design exterior mirrors on the doors panels.
There are tributes to the original 911 in the interior as well: green labeling on the instruments with white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins, just like 50 years ago. Another special feature is the center panels of the leather seats, which are designed with a fabric pattern reminiscent of the “Pepita” tartan design from the 1960s. The full-leather interior is designed in agate grey or black with decorative stitching, some in contrasting color. The driver and front passenger experience typical 911 driving fun in 14-way sport seats or optional 18-way sport seats plus. The gear shift or selector lever – which matches the decorative panels on the dashboard, doors and center console in brushed aluminum – comes from the Porsche Exclusive program.