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Porsche Celebrates 50 Years With a Special Edition 911

By raccars Published

As part of the company's 50 birthday celebrations, Porsche has unveiled details and images of a limited edition version of its classic 911. The super sleek sports car is wider than the standard model and boasts a funky, retro styled cabin and a generous helping of equipment.

A tarted up version of the Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe, the Porsche 911 50 Years Edition will boast that car's 3.8 litre flat six, 394bhp rear wheel drive powertrain, for a 4.5 second 0-62mph time, decreasing to 4.3 seconds for models equipped with the PDK transmission. It will keep going to a top speed of 186mph for the seven speed manual or 185mph for PDK gearbox versions. The result is 32.5mpg and CO2 emissions of 205g/km (with PDK).

The 44mm wider body is taken from the 911's 4S four wheel drive variants and is joined by a '911 50' tailgate badge, new 20 inch Fuchs style alloys and chrome detailing to the engine venting panel. Other alterations include Active Suspension Management tuning to fit the wider stance, a growling sports exhaust and Porsche's Dynamic Light system adaptive cornering headlamps.

The interior styling's period tributes include dials with white needles, green instrument labelling, brushed aluminium design elements and tartan fabric detailing to the leather seats, all as seen in the 1960s original. The seats benefit from a 14 way adjustment as standard, which usually comes as a £3,700 option. More limited edition badges can be found inside. The usual options list applies, including SportDesign mirrors and aluminium door sill covers. Graphite grey, Geyser grey and black colourways will be available.

The 911 50 Years Edition will appear at this year's Franfurt Motor Show, as did the original car in 1963 as the Type 901. Orders are being taken now with the first deliveries due in September, but buyers will have to hurry, as only 1,963 units will be produced, with a £92,257 price tag. That's a £8,809 premium over the standard model. Those who don't manage to get their hands on a 911 50 could go for the racy new 911 GT3 or a new 911 Turbo S flagship model, also arriving later in the year.

The car's half a century milestone will also be celebrated by special events at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in July, by special exhibits at the Porsche Museum and a world tour by a genuine vintage 1967 911 model. The tour takes auto events at California's Pebble Beach, Shanghai, Paris and Australia.

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