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Porsche celebrates 911 birthday with 50 Years Edition

Tis the season for special edition sports cars. Aston Martin recently celebrated its 50th birthday with the Centenary Edition DB9, Rapide and Vanquish, and now Porsche is joining the party with a limited edition 911.

The Porsche 911 50 Years Edition celebrates – yep, you’ve guessed it – 50 years of the iconic car that started life as the 901 back in 1963. It’s basically a Carrera S dipped in yummy extras and lightly dusted with a number of unique interior and exterior additions.

The 911 is getting on a bit... we still would, though.
The 911 is getting on a bit… we still would, though.

Each of the 1,963 cars to be built (see what Porsche did there?) will come with a 44mm wider body borrowed from the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 model, plus chrome trim on the front air intakes and between the rear lights, plus a ‘911 50’ badge fitted to the rear lid.

The Porsche 911 50 Years Edition also comes with ‘Fuchs’ (careful how you say it) 20-inch alloys in matt black, inspired by those on the first 911, plus high-gloss window frames and SportDesign door mirrors.
On the inside there’s yet more chrome, three-colour embroidery on the head restraints, a two-colour logo on the rev counter, aluminium door sill plates, and a plate with the car’s unique identifying number.

Porsche has also seen fit to add the Dynamic Light System (PDLS), a sports exhaust for a more visceral soundtrack when you put pedal to metal, Active Suspension Management and Porsche Torque Vectoring with rear limited slip differential.

The Porsche 911 50 Years Edition has to ‘make do’ with the same 400bhp, 3.8-litre flat-six as the Carrera S. It’ll hammer from 0 to 62mph in 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with the paddle PDK shifter) and goes on to 186mph — 2mph short of the standard Carrera S.

All that Porsche limited edition goodness come at a price: £92,257, to be precise. UK spec cars with the steering wheel on the right side will start be available from September 2013.

Porsche 911 50 Years Edition

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