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Porsche Celebrates 50 years of the 911 with Special Edition

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On: Tue, Jun 11, 2013 at 9:07AM | By: Chris Weiss

Porsche Celebrates 50 years of the 911 with Special Edition

A major year for anniversies, 2013 serves as the 100th anniversary of Aston Martin, the 50th anniversary for Lamborghini and McLaren, the 60th anniversary for the Corvette, and the 50th anniversary for the Porsche 911. Each automaker is celebrating in its own way, and those celebrations tend to include special anniversay edition sports cars. The Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is the latest model to receive its official introduction, celebrating half a century, seven generations, and more than 800,000 models produced of Porsche's quintessential sports car.

Porsche has released some information and a couple of photos of the 50th Anniversary Edition, but it won't actually unveil it in the flesh until the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, the official 50-year mark from when the original type 901 911 model was unveiled in 1963. In recognition of that launch year, Porsche will sell 1,963 50th Anniversary Edition examples.

The 50th Anniversary Edition has its base in the 911 Carrera S but uses the wide body typically reserved for the Carrera 4 all-wheel-drive models. This body is stretched by 44 mm across the rear wheel arches, making that big, round 911 backside that much plumper. It rides on 20-inch wheels inspired by the Fuchs wheels first fitted to the 911 in 1966. The wheels are finished in matte black paint with machine-polished centers. Unique exterioraccents include chrome strips around the engine compartment grille, front air inlets, and rear panel strip.

In addition to black, buyers can select two unique exterior colors—a darker Graphite Grey and a lighter Geyser Grey metallic. Badging includes a ‘911 50’ badge finished in two-tone 3D-style on the rear lid.

The Carrera S' 3.8-liter flat-six is present and gets some help from the Powerkit, which upgrades output to 430-hp (vs. 400 in the Carrera S) and cuts the 0-60 mph time as low as 3.8 seconds with PDK transmission. ThePorsche Active Suspension Management is tuned to create better cornering with the wide body, and thePorsche Dynamic Light System adds to that cornering at night. The car is also equipped with a sports exhaust system.

Inside, the 50th-anniversary 911 includes a number of heritage and special edition nods. The green labeling on the instruments and the white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins are all reminiscent of the original 911. The center panels of the seats also have throwback styling that recalls the 1960s, and the headrests have an embroidered three-color, 3D-style '911 50' badging. That badge can also be found on the aluminum door sill plates, tachometer, and the cupholder panel, where it's joined by the individual production number of the car.

The 911 50th Anniversary Edition will hit dealerships this fall for $124,100 plus $950 destination fee.

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