Porsche Does Special Editions Right With 50th Anniversary 911

Porsche 50th Anniversary Front

Photos from Porsche

Porsche is going all out for the 50th anniversary of its most famous and recognizable sports car, the 911, with new versions of the classic Turbo, Turbo S, and GT3 all slated to arrive by the end of the year. Add the 50th Anniversary Edition to the lineup, on sale for one year only and also available this fall.

Usually, anniversary edition models add up to little more than a new exterior color, extra unnecessary aero bits, a garishly painted interior, and no fewer than 10 additional badges commemorating the event (as required by Section 18 of the Special Edition Automobiles Agreement of 1993). Aside from the Fuchs-inspired wheels, whose spokes are a little too thin for my tastes, this special edition 911 is a perfect marriage of old school design and modern motoring. Alright, it does reek of Porschification, but its interior appointments make the cockpit of this car quite a bit different from the Carrera S on which it is based.

Porsche 50th Anniversary Seats

The most obvious example is the “Pepita” tartan insert in the middle of each of the leather seats; maybe I’m biased because of the plaid fabric seats of my GTI, but I think it looks fantastic. Searches for older 911s return images of Carreras with interiors swathed in plaid, but Porsche has relegated the design to only the seats in the anniversary car.

The exterior receives the wider body style of the AWD Carrera 4 and also features an engine cover with a greater number of slats, which are thinner than in the normal car and are visually less bulky. Additional outlets appear where the horizontal light bar would be on the standard Carrera 4. Both the interior and exterior receive numerous badges to celebrate the special edition 911, and each car’s production number will be placed near the cupholders.

Unlike the original 911, whose 0-60mph sprint took nearly 9 seconds, the 50th Anniversary Edition makes the same run in less than half that time. With the 400hp flat-6 from the Carrera S, the new car makes the same run in 3.8 seconds when equipped with the PDK automatic transmission, and 4.2 seconds with a row-your-own gearbox; the PDK peaks at 185mph, while the manual ekes out one more.

As a nod to the 911’s first model year, only 1,963 50th Anniversary Edition models will be produced. Each carries an MSRP of $124,100 plus $950 for destination charges, but expecting to walk into a Porsche dealer and finding one at that price means that you don’t know Porsche. Expect to pay quite a bit more than that to walk away with a base model before the famous Porsche options list makes an appearance. The car does come with a few standard features that are optional extras on the Carrera S, including the Sport Chrono package that boosts performance (normally $1,850) and Porsche Active Suspension Management (usually $4,050). The 50th Anniversary Edition will go on sale in the fall.

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About Cameron Rogers

Cameron Rogers is the founder and lead writer at Downshift Autos, the only automotive blog on the Internet*. Born in the back of an AMC Gremlin, Cameron vowed to never let this extraordinarily embarrassing detail define him, so help him God. He drives a GTI but absolutely will not shut up about it if somebody asks. He will not hesitate to let people know that no, they shouldn't get a Porsche 911 when a Morgan 3 Wheeler is so obviously the superior choice. He is obsessed with the seats of a Carrera GT and the steering wheel of a Fisker Karma. He once sat in the driver's seat of a Tesla Model S, his greatest accomplishment to date. He is just now realizing that writing an autobiography, however miniscule, in the third person is odd and unnerving. *As of this writing, Cameron has been informed that there are, in fact, many websites and blogs centered around cars and car culture. He regrets his grievous error.

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