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Porsche celebrates 50 years of 911 with limited edition

by Ronan Glon

Just 1,963 examples of the 50 Years Edition will be built.

Porsche is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic 911 with a limited-edition model that will greet the public for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show next September.

Based on the existing 911 Carrera S, the 50 Years Edition mixes the wide body reserved for all-wheel drive models with a two-wheel drive setup. Available in black or two bespoke colors called Graphite Grey and Geyser Grey, the car comes with edition-specific trim all around and chrome strips on the decklid that hark back to the original 911.

911 50 emblems out back and 20-inch alloy wheels inspired by the well-known Fuch design that was introduced in 1966 finish off the look.

The special treatment continues in the cockpit with 911 50 emblems on the sill plates, green gauges with white needles and a tartan fabric similar to the Pepita cloth that was found on many early 911s. 14-way adjustable seats come standard, and 18-way adjustable sport units are available at an extra cost.

A 4.6-inch color touch screen enables the passengers to control the car's navigation, connectivity and audio functions via Porsche's Communication Management infotainment system.

Like all 911 Carrera S models, the 50 Years Edition comes standard with a host of high-tech features including Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring with a rear limited-slip differential, automatic climate control, a vehicle tracking system and bi-xenon headlights.

Under the rear decklid lies a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that makes 400 horsepower thanks in part to a sport exhaust system, sending the car from zero to 62 mph in 4.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 186 mph. The optional dual-clutch PDK gearbox shaves 0.2 seconds from the sprint to 62 mph.

Just 1,963 examples of the 50 Years Edition will be built and each one will cost £92,257, which converts to roughly $141,000. Whether or not the car will be offered in the United States is not known.

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