50th Anniversary Porsche 911 packs a simple punch
By Mark Atkinson for MSN Autos
You've gotta love golden anniversaries... anyone who can stay married and still be in love after 50 years is an amazing accomplishment.
Same goes, kinda, for cars. If a car has been around for 50 years, it's worth celebrating. The latest to persevere through five decades is the Porsche 911, which was first shown at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1963 and has existed in one for or another ever since.
To celebrate, Porsche will be offering special anniversary models with 'just' the right amount of modifications to make them desirable without going gaudy. Based on the wider body normally reserved for all-wheel-drive Carrera4 models, the rear-drive special will use a 3.8-litre flat-six with Porsche's Powerkit already installed for a total of 430 horsepower. Every car gets active suspension (PASM) along with 20-inch wheels 'inspired' by the legendary Fuchs alloys Porsche fitted to its earlier models. Also, chrome trim up front and some neat details on the rear engine cover and rear lights hearken back to the original '63.
Interior upgrades are limited to fabric panels in the leather seats, along with a brushed aluminum Porsche Exclusive gearshift knob or gear selector, depending on whether the car has the seven-speed manual or optional seven-speed PDK fitted. Porsche says it'll do the 0-100 km/h run in just four seconds flat with the PDK and has a top speed of over 300 km/h.
Porsche is building 1963 of its Anniversary models (get it?) and 50 have been set aside for Canada. With an MSRP starting at $141,600, this 911 won't be inexpensive to buy, but would guess it'll sell out very quickly. The cars will start arriving in Canada this fall after being revealed to the public at the Frankfurt auto show this September.