Porsche 911 Black Edition

The new 911 will be limited to 1,911 examples worldwide and is based on the 3.6-litre Carrera coupe and Cabriolet.

Finished in plain black as standard, with Basalt Black Metallic as an option, the car is, as you’d expect, also trimmed black inside. The words ‘Black Edition’ are printed in – you guessed it – black on the stainless steel door sill covers, while there’s a numbered plaque on the glovebox lid. Wheels are 19-inch Turbo items.

So far, then, not much to get excited about. However, the Black Edition comes with a good specification within the price of £67,270 (£74,958 for the Cabriolet). Standard items include Bose Surround Sound System, sat-nav module, Universal Audio Interface (iPod adaptor, basically), Park Assist, cruise control, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors, and rain sensor. To order a standard Carrera coupe to this specification would cost £72,154; so you’re making a useful saving of £4884.

Although it would be easy to dismiss as nothing more than a marketing exercise to boost the final sales of the 997 before an all-new 911 arrives next year, if you are in the market for a new 997 then this is certainly worth considering. So long as you like black, that is.

Update: Porsche has also announced a Black Edition Boxster, which will be limited to 987 examples (the car’s model number).

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