Porsche Celebrates 50 Years of the 911

Porsche Celebrates 50 Years of the 911

Tuesday September 10, 2013
  • 50th Anniversary Porsche 911 -
  • 50th Anniversary Porsche 911
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It was at the 1963 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show that Porsche's 911 was first introduced to the world. The original 1963 Porsche 901 (later rebadged as 911) had a rear mounted air-cooled flat six of two litres capacity. It produced 130 PS (95 kW) at 6100 rpm and 174 N·m (128 lb·ft) of torque at 4600 rpm. Sitting on a 2211 mm wheelbase, the two door coupé was 4163 mm long overall. Weighing in at just over a tonne at the kerb, the 901 was good for a 9.1 second 0-100 km/h sprint and a claimed top speed of 210 km/h.

Over the years, Porsche has celebrated their most famous product with special versions for various landmarks in its production. In 1987, a special 911 was introduced to celebrate 250 000 examples of the Porsche 911 having been produced, and was limited to 875 units. In 1993 a special Porsche 911 based on the 964 series was built to celebrate the 30 year anniversary, and was limited to 911 examples. In 2003 a commemorative Porsche 911 Anniversary was produced to mark the 40th anniversary of the 911. Unlike the other specials, that one had a bit more power to go with the extra bits of trim, and produced 345 PS (254 kW) - up from the standard model's 320 PS (235 kW). This version too was limited to 1963 examples.

Today's Porsche 911 "50 Years 911 Edition" is being introduced at the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show - exactly 50 years after the Type 901 debuted - and is powered by a 3.8 litre water-cooled flat six, producing power of 400 PS (295 kW) at 7400 rpm and torque of 440 N·m (325 lb·ft) at 5600 rpm, and weighs 1410 kg at the kerb. Transmission options are a seven speed manual or a seven speed Porsche double clutch automatic gearbox. With the optional Sport Chrono package, the 911 "50 Years 911 Edition" can sprint to 100 km/h from rest in 4.1 seconds, and, with the manual gearbox, on to a top speed of 300 km/h. Only 1963 examples of this special 911 will be produced. It will be priced from €121 119 (including VAT and country-specific charges) in Germany, £92 257 in the UK and Ireland, and R1 369 000 in South Africa.

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