After all, the company is celebrating an anniversary of its own,; or at least an anniversary for one of its models.
Back in 1963, the world first laid eyes on the 911 . In the 50 years that it’s been in existence, the 911 has not only become a Porsche classic, but it’s also become a global icon, a stature only a handful of cars can claim to have reached.
So with the 911 celebrating its own golden jubilee, Porsche decided to unveil a special edition model for the occasion. It’s called the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition, and as you can expect, it comes with plenty of design characteristics that differentiates itself from any other Porsche 911 today.
The car is expected to make its debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show later this year, but this early, the German automaker saw fit to give us an idea of what to expect.
Update 6/4/2013 Porsche has revealed the U.S. model’s specifications, pricing and release time frame. See more after the jump
Updated 10/24/2013: Porsche unveiled a new video featuring Tony Hatter - Porsche Design Manager - whom explains how the traditional design elements of the original 911 can be found in the 911 50th anniversary edition.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S 50 Years Edition
There isn’t anything overly drastic as far as design overhauls where this model is concerned. That being said, it’s an anniversary model that will be sold in limited quantities, so expect some unique digs that are all its own.
For starters, the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition will come in two different colors - Graphite Grey and Geyser Grey metallic - with both also coming with a regular black shade.
In addition to the pair of color choices, the special edition 911 Carrera S also has a distinctive ‘911 50’ badge that has been finished in two-tone 3D-style on the rear lid. High-gloss window frames are also part of the package, as are SportDesign exterior mirrors, and a new set of “Fuchs” style 20-inch alloy wheels.
Moving inside, you’re going to notice a host of features that might take you back to the classic 911s. The fabric seats, for one, are similar to the ones that dressed up the interior of the original models. Remember the “Pepita” tartan design from the 1960s? It’s present on the center section of the leather-trimmed sport seats, the colors of which you can actually specify in either Agate Grey or Black with decorative stitching.
Plus, look at the instrument panel and you’ll see the classic green and white combination on the labeling and the pointer needles with silver caps.
Finally, the same “911 50” logos adorn the seat headrests, the rev counter, and the aluminum door sill plates.
The Porsche 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine with a Powerkit (U.S. market only) that can produce 430 horsepower. The U.S.-Spec model will hit 60 mph in only 4.2 seconds with the PDK transmission and tops out at 186 mph (185 mph with PDK).
The UK model will not use the Powerkit, leaving the power at 400 horsepower, while mated to either a seven-speed manual transmission or a dual-clutch PDK transmission. These gearbox options are important because the former allows the car to hit 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph, while the latter can zoom the same distance in 4.3 seconds with a slightly lower top speed of 185 mph.
The 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition will go on sale in September. UK pricing has been set at £92,257, which is around $141,100 based on current exchange rates. In the U.S., the Porsche 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition will come in at $124,100, plus $995 delivery. It will hit U.S> dealers in the fall of 2013.
It seems fitting to have an old guard like the 911 Carrera S, special edition model notwithstanding, take on a new cat off the block in the form of the Jaguar F-Type .
Performance-wise, the latter can definitely hold its own against the iconic 911, thanks to a supercharged V-6 engine that delivers a total of 380 horsepower and 339 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 to 5,500 rpm. That cat can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.8 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 171 mph.
More importantly, Jaguar has a special customization program for the F-Type, a sample of which we saw with the Firesand version. So if any prospective customer wishes to make its particular F-Type as unique as the 911 Carrera S 50th Anniversary Edition, it won’t be too hard to do so.
Gallery Jaguar F-Type Roadster
If you’ve lasted for 50th Anniversary and people of different generations still hold you to high esteem, there’s nothing bad people can say about you. That’s the stature of the Porsche 911. Now or in the future.
- It’s the Porsche 911!
- Special edition model means exclusivity
- Nice looking interior
- Super expensive
- Very minor styling upgrades
- Will be hard to come by
911 50th Anniversary Edition
Porsche celebrates 50 years of the 911 with exclusive limited edition model
Stuttgart. The Porsche 911 resolves apparent contradictions like no other sports car – such as between tradition and innovation or between exclusivity and high social acceptance, and of course between performance and efficiency. And so, Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with a special anniversary model based on the 911 Carrera S: like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupé with a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive. Its efficient performance, active sport suspension – and special body have current relevancy: the anniversary 911 features the wide body, which is typically reserved for the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models. This special edition will be limited to 1963 cars, a number that represents the year of the 911 world premiere.
Porsche will present the limited edition model in time for the 50th anniversary of the 911 at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, which opens its gates to the public on September 12, 2013. In 1963, Porsche presented the original model to the public at this leading international show for the automotive industry. Since its first presentation – initially as the type 901 – the sports car icon has excited automotive fans across the globe, and today it is considered the reference for all other sports cars. Since making its debut in 1963, the model series has progressively developed without interruption. In the process, the unique character of the 911 was always preserved. The result of this evolution over a 50-year period – which included countless race victories as well – is a sports car that fully embodies the authenticity of the Porsche brand. Its DNA is reflected in all Porsche models.
This limited edition of the 400 hp (294 kW) 911 Carrera S includes features that have contributed to the 50-year success story of the 911. For example, the limited edition includes Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) with special tuning to complement its increased track width and to add support to the exceptional cornering dynamics of the 911. The sport exhaust system outputs a fitting emotional sound. Special 20-inch wheels are a visual tribute to the legendary “Fuchs” wheels and are finished in matte black paint with machine-polished centres. Chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine compartment grille and the panel between the rear lights emphasise the distinctive appearance of this limited edition model. Another technical highlight of the car’s equipment is the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS) with bi-xenon headlights and dynamic cornering lights
Two unique colours are available for the anniversary 911, a darker graphite grey and a lighter geyser grey metallic. In addition black monochrome is also available. Each of the cars has a two-tone 3D-effect badge on the rear lid with the numbers “911 50”. This is repeated in three colour embroidery on the headrest and in two colours as a logo on the tachometer and the aluminium door sill plates. It can also be found on the cup holder panel together with the limited edition number of the individual vehicle. Other exterior characteristics of the special model are high-gloss window frames and sport design exterior mirrors on the doors panels.
There are tributes to the original 911 in the interior as well: green labelling on the instruments with white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins, just like 50 years ago. Another special feature is the centre panels of the leather seats, which are designed with a fabric pattern reminiscent of the “Pepita” tartan design from the 1960s. The full-leather interior is designed in agate grey or black with decorative stitching, some in contrasting colour. The driver and front passenger experience typical 911 driving fun in 14-way sport seats or optional 18-way sport seats plus. The gear shift or selector lever – which matches the decorative panels on the dashboard, doors and centre console in brushed aluminium – comes from the Porsche Exclusive program.
The 911 50th Anniversary Edition sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (4.3 with PDK) and can reach a top speed of 300 km/h (298 with PDK). The car’s NEDC combined fuel consumption is 9.5 l/100 km (8.7 with PDK), which equates to CO2 emissions of 224 g/km (205 with PDK). The limited edition models will be available at Porsche dealers starting September 23, 2013, and in Germany they will cost 121,119 euros including VAT and country-specific features.
Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition: Fuel consumption City 13.8–12.2 l/100 km; Highway 7.1–6.2 l/100 km; Combined 9.5–8.7 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 224–205 g/km