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Porsche Fetes 911 with 50th Edition

Special-edition 911 goes old-school to celebrate the iconic sportscar's 50th anniversary.

Porsche rolls out new versions of the 911 like clockwork. So it only stands to reason that, with celebrations underway for the 50th anniversary of its most iconic model, it would roll out a special edition to mark that occasion as well. And that's just what it has done. Based on the 911 Carrera S, the 50 Years Edition packs a 3.8-liter naturally-aspirated flat-six, upgraded to 430 horsepower to feed to the rear wheels through seven speeds in either manual or dual-clutch configuration.

60 mph comes for a 3.8 seconds with the PDK or 4.2 in manual spec, with a top speed of 186 mph. Porsche has also fitted the 911 50 Years Edition with a new exhaust and the wider bodywork from the Carrera 4 and recalibrated the active suspension accordingly. Visually distinguishing the special edition are chrome strips on the rear grille and front air inlets, plus two-tone 20" Fuchs-style throwback wheels. It also includes gloss window frames, special mirrors, adaptive headlights and the requisite special badges, while the interior is upgraded with special guages, unique leather and brushed aluminum trim.

Buyers will be able to choose between dark Graphite Grey, light Geyser Grey or black, with the interior in grey or black to match. Only 1963 examples will be built in reference to the year of the original 911's launch, arriving at dealers in the fall after its' live unveiling at the Frankfurt show in September, each priced at $124,100 (plus $950 destination charge). A "regular" 911 Carrera S (without the power upgrade and the special trim) $98,900, which means the special edition commands a premium of over $25k. But with such limited production, it'll likely carry a higher resale value as well.

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