Designed to coincide with the 911’s ongoing 50th anniversary celebrations, Porsche has unveiled a special limited edition variant of the 911 which is expected to make its formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show this fall.
Built on the foundations of the current generation 911 Carrera S, the 50th Anniversary model blends the wide body normally reserved for AWD models with the standard RWD layout for a unique and distinctive appearance. Buyers will have a choice of either black or two colors Graphite Grey, or Geyser Grey that are both exclusive 50th anniversary model hues. The model also features other bits of model exclusive trim throughout the exterior as well as trunk mounted chrome strips that are a clever reminder of the units that adorned the original 911 when it was introduced in 1963. Rounding out the changes are special model exclusive exterior badging, bi-xenon headlights, and 20-inch wheels that also get their retro inspired looks from the iconic “Fuch” design rim that debuted on the 911 in 1966.
The retro inspired theme continues in the interior which features green gauges contrasted by white needles, door sill mounted 5oth anniversary plating, and a special tartan fabric scheme that is very similar to the original “Pepita” cloth material that slathered early 911 models. The 5oth anniversary model comes equipped with standard 14-way adjustable bucket seats, but buyers that crave more support and adjustments can also equip 18-way adjustable sport seats which are available as an option while automatic climate control is standard issue. As is the case with other 911s, a 4.6-inch touchscreen allows occupants to access navigation, audio, and connectivity options thanks to Porsche’s Communication Management system.
Performance comes from the Carerra S’s 3.8 liter flat six engine which still makes 400 horsepower and can rocket the car from 0 to 62 mph in a swift 4.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 186 mph. Choose the optional PDK dual clutch gearbox, and that will shave 0.2 seconds from the car’s 0 to 62mph time. In addition its muscle, the car’s handling is sharpened thanks to the company’s “Porsche Active Suspension Management System (PASM) which reduces body roll and rewards occupants with world class grip and response.
Porsche will only build 1,963 copies of the 50th anniversary edition 911 after its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with each one featuring a base price of $141,000. It is currently unknown if Porsche will offer this model in the United States, but if customer feedback and interest is strong enough, then perhaps Porsche will change its tune.