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Special edition celebrates 50 years of an icon

Greg Emmerson
Jun 4, 2013

The Porsche 911 is undoubtedly the most recognizable sports car in the world, and one that can traces its roots back to the 1940s designs of the original Volkswagen, making it one of the longest running designs in automotive history.

So when it came time to celebrate its 50th anniversary, we were perhaps hoping for something a little more memorable than widebody Carrera S with a Powerkit.

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That said, it's going to be an instant collector's car, particularly with only 1963 being built - the number representing the year the 911 model was first introduced.

Porsche911 50th wheel Photo 2/6   |   Porsche911 50Th Wheel

The new car will be introduced at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany - the same venue where the Type 901 was first introduced in 1963.

Cars sold in the US will cost from $124100, plus $950 destination charge. Each will get the 430hp Powerkit as standard that includes the Sport Chrono Package. This will allow the 911 50th Anniversary Edition to sprint from 0-60mph in 4.2 seconds (3.8 with PDK) and reach a top speed of 186mph (185 with PDK).

Other features include Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with bi-xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights, plus Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with special tuning to exploit the increased track width. It will also sit on 20" "Fuchs" wheels as a visual tribute to the past, and they are finished in matte black with machine-polished centers.

Another visual identifier will be chrome strips on the front ducts, engine grille as well as the panel between the rear lights. The cars also have high-gloss window frames and sport design mirrors.

Two unique colors are available: a graphite grey and lighter Geyser grey metallic, plus black monochrome is available.

Porsche911 50th rear Photo 3/6   |   Porsche911 50Th Rear

Each car has a two-tone 3D-effect badge on the rear lid, with "911 50" badging. This is repeated in three-color embroidery on the headrest and in two colors on the tacho and the door sills. It can also be found on the cup holder panel, together with the limited edition number of the individual vehicle.

There are tributes to the original 911 in the interior: 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 on the leather seats, where the center panels use a fabric pattern similar of the "Pepita" tartan from the 1960s. The leather interior is designed in agate grey or black with decorative stitching.

By Greg Emmerson
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