The original Porsche 911 made its public debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt in 1963. This September, Porsche will mark the 50th anniversary of that debut at the 2013 IAA with the introduction of a limited-edition special anniversary model based on the current 911 Carrera S.
Like the original 911, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition is a coupe with a flat-six-cylinder engine mounted in the rear and rear-wheel drive. Production of the special-edition model will be limited to 1963 cars, representing the year of the 911's introduction.
North-American market cars will be equipped with a standard Powerkit that increases engine performance to 430 horsepower and includes a Sport Chrono Package.
Porsche says it will accelerate from 0-to-97 km/h (0-to-60 mph) in 4.2 seconds (3.8 with PDK transmission) and can reach a top speed of 299 km/h.
Since its first presentation – initially as the type 901 – the 911 has become an icon for automotive enthusiasts across the globe and a benchmark for other sports cars.
The same basic design and engineering concept has developed progressively, without interruption, over its 50-year lifespan to date. In that process, the unique character of the 911 was always preserved.
This limited edition of the 911 includes such technological features as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), with special tuning to complement its increased track width and to add support to its cornering dynamics.
A sport exhaust system provides a fitting emotional sound, while special 20-inch wheels are a visual tribute to the legendary "Fuchs" wheels and are finished in matte black paint with machine-polished centers.
Chrome trim strips on the front air inlets, the fins of the engine compartment grille and the panel between the rear lights emphasize the distinctive appearance of this limited edition model.
Other exterior highlights are high-gloss window frames and sport design exterior mirrors on the doors panels.
The limited edition 50th Anniversary models will be available at Porsche dealers this fall.