New 50th anniversary 911 revealed
Porsche have at last revealed their Type 991 anniversary model to celebrate fifty years of the iconic 911 sportscar. The type 991 special edition features the rear-driven, 400hp 3.8-litre power plant from the current Carrera S, while also utilising the wider body as found on the current Carrera 4.
As expected, the 50th anniversary special edition features some key styling characteristics. Most notably, retro chrome strips on the fins of the rear deck lid provide a reminder of 911 styling in the sixties, with more chrome slats between the rear lights with special trims on the front air inlets.
The special edition also utilises a modern take of the classic Fuchs wheel, perhaps the most iconic wheel ever to be associated with the Porsche 911 and first fitted in 1966. The 2013 version sees an increase in diameter to 20-inches, finished in a hue of matt black with machine-polished centres. Three colours of paint are available for the body of the special edition: Graphite grey or a lighter Greyser grey are options if black is not to your taste.
The 911:50 emblem adorns the rear of the special edition 911, while inside, the same emblem can be found on the door sills, on the front seat headrests on on the digital display pod in the dashboard. In another nod to the early 911, the five pod clocks come with green labelling with white needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins. Further styling aspects inside include the centres of the leather seats, which are trimmed in a NOS (new old stock) Pepita tartan pattern used fifty years ago.
The special edition’s retro styling is complemented by modern technology: Porsche Active Suspension Management, Porsche Torque Vectoring, Sports Exhaust and Porsche Communication Management all come as standard.
In typical Porsche fashion, a carefully selected number will be built: 1,963 examples are to leave the factory, in recognition of the year of manufacture of the first 911 (or 901) in 1963. The special edition 991 will be available in Porsche centres from September, making its public bow at the Frankfurt Motor Show later that month.
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