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The Porsche 911 splits opinion amongst motoring enthusiasts the world over. At one end of the polarised spectrum are the die-hard 911 owners and devotees who praise the constant evolution and development of a car that they believe has no rival. At the other end are critics who believe the 911 was compromised from the beginning and that the engineers in Stuttgart are just too arrogant to admit it, so they plough on year on year with the rear-engined schematic regardless of its inherent challenges.
However, the vast majority would agree that the Porsche 911 has become a motoring icon, perhaps the most recognisable sports car in the world. Its definitive shape has remained true to its original form and as such the brand recognition is on a par with the Mini and its own cousin – the VW Beetle. Few of the 911’s critics would doubt Porsche’s contribution to sports car engineering and motorsport that has accumulated over the past half-century, the vast majority of it a result of the relentless development of the 911.
Porsche is also renowned for its frequent release of limited edition 911’s and what better excuse for a major commemorative model than its own 50th birthday. Here it is, the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition. In our opinion this is the best looking 911 for several years. That’s not to diminish the Porsche designers recent efforts, but this model looks fantastic with its sleek, uncomplicated bodywork, sharp pin-stripe detailing and the exquisite, specially-built, 20-inch, five spoke alloy wheels.
This new model will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motorshow in September, the exact same venue where the original made its debut in 1963. The special edition will be rear wheel drive with either a manual transmission or the PDK dual-clutch paddle shift system. Power output from the 3.8-litre flat-six will be 400bhp meaning a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds with the manual and 4.3 with the PDK.
The 1963 models Porsche plans to build will be available in three colours; Geyser Grey, Graphite Grey or Black and will each feature a unique numbered plaque and a ‘911 50’ badge on the rear engine lid. Porsche are already taking orders and prices start at $140,000.