Porsche 911: 50 Years On
You don’t need me to tell you that the Porsche 911 is an iconic car – and has been since it made its debut in Frankfurt back in 1963. It has been at the heart of the Porsche brand since then, the Porsche against which all other Porsches are judged – the quintessential sports car you might say.
But you will need me to let you know that Porsche is celebrating this special anniversary with a commemorative 50 Years Edition – limited to a run of 1,963 cars.
Originally unveiled as a 901 type, the 911 has excited car enthusiasts across the globe, so Porsche has taken the opportunity of the anniversary at the Frankfurt Motor Show to reveal this limited edition model to the public, the majority of whom, like me, couldn’t even afford to buy one of its wheels!
But we can dream, can’t we?
For a start, it looks like a Porsche with that famous silhouette, rear-mounted flat-six engine and rear wheel drive, but since 1963 things have moved on, and the special anniversary Porsche 911 reflects that, balancing the traditional with the contemporary with apparent ease.
This one is based on the 911 Carrera S, but takes on board the wider body so typical of the Carrera 4 models, and is governed by the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), specially tuned to accommodate the increased track width, with a sports exhaust system for “increased emotional character.” (whatever that means!)
Behind the Porsche 911 50 Years edition is a 400 hp 3.8-litre flat-six engine, allowing a sprint from 0-62mph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 186 mph, combined fuel consumption of 29.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 224 g/km.
And that’s pretty much all you need to know, is it not?
Do I need to tell you what it looks like close up, and talk about the bespoke chrome strips on the fins of the engine compartment grille and unique five-spoke cast 20” alloy wheels finished in matt black paint with machine-polished centres and stylishly inspired by the so-called ‘Fuchs’ wheels first fitted to the 911 in 1966.
Do I need to inform you about the special colours invented for this 50 Years edition in the shape of a darker Graphite Grey and a lighter Geyser Grey metallic that are available along with the iconic black; all designed to show off the specially created ‘911 50’ two-tone 3D badge on the rear lid and repeated in three-colour embroidery on the head restraints and as a two-colour logo on the rev counter and the aluminium door sill plates?
Do I need to point out other things like the high-gloss window frames, SportDesign exterior mirrors and the fact that the Porsche 911 50 Years edition has the Porsche Dynamic Light System (PDLS), which adds a dynamic cornering function to the already standard-fit Bi-Xenon headlights?
How about mentioning that inside the original 911 is remembered in spirit (and detail) by green labelling on the instruments, white pointer needles and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins along with a seat fabric that echoes the original ‘Pepita’ tartan design from the 1960s? And maybe a quick comment about the fact that you can decide whether you want the leather interior to be Agate Grey or Black with decorative stitching, you can choose whether you want 18-way sport seats (as an option) or the standard 14-way and that the gear shift or selector lever and the decorative panels on the dashboard, doors and centre console are all trimmed in brushed aluminium?
Do you need reminding that all the addition stuff that you get on this Porsche 911 50 Years edition is added to the list of standard equipment already available on the 911 Carrera S that includes aforementioned Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) with rear limited slip differential, 4.6-inch colour touch-screen Porsche Communication Management with satellite navigation, automatic climate control, Bi-Xenon headlights, and a universal audio interface offering MP3 connectivity?
And have you recalled that every Porsche 911 is fitted with the Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS), a sophisticated vehicle security package approved to Thatcham Category 5 standard, so that your Porsche 911 stays your Porsche 911?
But enough questions. You want to know that you can order it now from all Porsche Centres because you want to be one of the 1,963 that will own one – and you want to know that it will cost you from £92,257 before extras.
You didn’t want to know that? But I thought you wanted to own one of the 822,000+ Porsche 911s that have been built over the years, invented and reinvented year on year by the engineers in Zuffenhausen and Weissach, demonstrating as the 911 does its’ “sportiness and everyday practicality, tradition and innovation, exclusivity and social acceptance, design and functionality.”
You do but you haven’t got the money? Oh well – back to the dreams then. At least they are free!