Porsche is celebrating 50 years of 911 with a special exclusive limited edition model based on the Carrera S to be unveiled at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt on September 12.
Like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupé with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive; although the anniversary 911 features the wider body normally reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.
A limited number of the 911 50th Anniversary Edition will make their way to Australia, arriving just before the end of the year, priced from $270,100.
Indeed, it was at the IAA in Frankfurt in 1963 that Porsche presented the original model to the public, initially as the type 901. Since then the 911 has evolved without interruption. In the process, the unique character of the 911 has been preserved and its DNA stamped on all Porsche models.
This limited edition of the 294 kW (400 hp) 911 Carrera S incorporates key elements that have defined the 911 through its 50 year evolution: for example, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with special tuning to complement the new model’s increased track width and exceptional cornering dynamics; sports exhaust system for a truly fitting emotional sound; special 20-inch wheels which are a visual tribute to the legendary “Fuchs” wheels finished in matte black with machine-polished centres. Furthermore, chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine compartment grille and the panel between the rear lights add to 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 colours are available for the anniversary 911, a darker graphite grey and a lighter geyser grey metallic. 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 colour embroidery on the headrest and in two colours as a logo on the tachometer and the aluminium door sill plates. The symbol is also on the cup holder panel together with the limited edition number of each car. Other exterior features include high-gloss window frames and aerodynamic sport design exterior mirrors on the door panels.
Tributes to the original 911 exist in the interior as well: green labelling 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 centre 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 colour. The driver and front passenger experience typical 911 driving comfort with 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 centre console in brushed aluminium – comes from Porsche Exclusive.
The 911 50th Anniversary Edition sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (4.3 with PDK) and can reach a top speed of 300 km/h (298 with PDK). The car’s NEDC combined fuel consumption is 9.5 L/100 kms (8.7 with PDK), which equates to CO2 emissions of 224 g/km (205 with PDK).