Porsche does not miss an opportunity to celebrate a performance milestone. Half a century after the release of the 911 sports car in 1963, the company's flagship performer will be commemorated with a very limited-run 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition. 1,963 LE models will go on sale this Fall while also being featured at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany this September. Blending a nod to the past with unique styling cues while adding modern improvements for increased performance helped in the design of this special edition. Expect everything you'd find with the standard 911 Carrera S plus key enhancements.
The 50th anniversary 911 Carrera S is powered by a seven-speed 3.8-liter horizontally opposed 6-cylinder engine mounted to the rear, which produces a claimed 430hp, top speed of 186mph and 0-60 time of 4.2 seconds or 3.8 seconds for those who opt for Porches' automatic Doppelkuppling-PDK. Unlike the standard model, the 50th Anniversary edition comes equipped with the Carrera S Powerkit and its sport exhaust system with polished stainless-steel tailpipes. The Sport Chrono Package is also included.
On the performance end, what really sets this LE model apart from the standard model is the 1.7 inch wider chassis. Adding more width helped further improved handling and road traction, a category where the 911 always excelled. The 911's braking system features 6-piston aluminum monobloc fixed-caliper brakes to the front and 4-piston aluminum monobloc fixed-calipers to the rear that combined with the Porsche Stability Management system for exceptional stopping power when shedding speed before a corner or stop.
Paying tribute to the technology implemented into each past generation of the 911, the 50th Anniversary edition also features Active Suspension Management (PASM) complimenting its new wider stance and Dynamic Light System (PDLS) featuring bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering capabilities for better night visibility.
20 inch 'Fuchs' wheels finished in a special matte black and polish centers, chrome strips on the front air inlets as well as between the rear lights, a two-tone '911 50' badge on the rear lid, high gloss window frames and sport designed side mirrors improve the exterior visuals. To compliment these special outer features, three colors will be available on the 911 including dark graphite, light grey metallic and black.
Just as the exterior celebrates 50 years of history, the interior does as well. Featuring a repeat of the exterior '911 50' badging, three-color embroidery on the headrests and two-color lettering in the tachometer and door sills adds to the 50th theme. And like a blast from the past, the instruments include green labeling with a white pointer needle and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins. Further bringing the past to the present are seat inserts fitted in a fabric pattern similar to the 'Pepita' tartan design. Finishing off the look is the matching gearshift lever, dash, door and center console panels in brushed aluminum (from the Porsche Exclusive program).
All of these special commemorative details do come at a hefty price. The 50th Anniversary 911 Carrera S carries an MSRP of $124,100 (plus $950 destination charge). But with just under 2,000 units being produced and the many devoted Porsche followers worldwide, expect this special edition to sell out sooner than later.