Porsche 911 50 Years Edition revealed, 1963 being made

Porsche has announced a limited edition 911 to help celebrate the model’s 50th anniversary. Called the Porsche 911 50 Years Edition, just 1963 examples will be made.

Porsche 911 50 Years Edition

Those who know their Porsche 911s will recognise 1963 as the first ever model year for the 911. Since then, there has been six different generations, including the classic 930-style models, the 993, 964, 996, 997, up to today’s 991.

The special edition is based on the Carrera S, featuring a 3.8-litre naturally aspirated flat six engine producing 297kW of power and 440Nm of torque. Matched up to a PDK dual-clutch automatic, 0-100km/h can be dispatched in just 4.5 seconds.

Exclusive to the 50 Years Edition, Porsche has given it the body of the Carrera 4, with rear wheel arches that are 44mm wider than those on the regular Carrera S. There’s also chrome trimming on the rear engine cover vents, in between the taillights, and around intakes in the front end.

Other distinguishing exterior features include high-gloss window frames, SportDesign side mirrors, special ‘911 50’ badges, and a set of 20-inch alloy wheels which have been inspired by the original Fuchs wheels of the 1960s and 1970s.

Porsche 911 50 Years Edition rear

Open the door, and you’re greeted with some classic design traits, such as green print on the instrument cluster and bespoke leather seats featuring a ‘Pepita’ tartan-style pattern. Sports 14-way electronically adjustable seats and various brushed aluminium trimmings join the package.

Like the regular Carrera S, equipment such as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited slip differential, a 4.6-inch colour touch-screen Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation, automatic climate control, and bi-xenon headlights, are all standard.

Unfortunately for Australians, the Porsche 911 50 Years Edition will only go on sale in the UK and Ireland. It will be unveiled to the public at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show in September, just before hitting showrooms.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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