2011 Porsche 911 Black Edition: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 25, 2011

Porsche introduced today the 911 Black Edition, a new special edition based on the 345 hp (254 kW) Carrera powered by the 3.6 litre engine. Available as a coupe and cabriolet and of course only in a black color, the new edition will be limited to just 1,911 units and costs exactly as much as the Carrera basic models, which means 85,538 Euros for the Coupé and 96,843 Euros for the Cabriolet, including value-added tax.

The 911 Black Edition will also be available with a basalt black metallic paint as an option. Regarding the design, the cars will be available with 19 inch 911 Turbo II bi-colour wheels as well as with grey top-tint in the windscreen and black brake calipers. The ‘Black Edition’ lettering is found on the stainless steel door entry guards.

Furthermore, the interior design is completed by with high-quality partial leather seats (the interior can also be upgraded with the option of an additional leather interior). The instrument cluster naturally remains in black, while the decorative moulding on the dashboard, gear lever or selector and air vents provide a contrast with their aluminium look paint.

The rear centre console is painted in the exterior colour, while the limited edition is highlighted with a badge found on the glove compartment lid. The BOSE Surround Sound-System is offered as standard and comes with 13 loudspeakers (twelve in the Cabriolet) including active subwoofer and centre speaker in order to deliver a total output of 385 W.

Moreover, the special edition comes with Porsche Communication Management (PCM), GPS navigation module, parking assistant, cruise control, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors and a rain sensor. As we said at the beginning of this article, the car is powered by the 3.6-liter flat-six cylinder engine, producing 345 hp (245 kW) at 6,500 rpm.

Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the engine can push the car from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds (5.1 for the Cabriolet) and delivers a top speed of 289 km/h (180 mph) . The Coupé consumes a total of 10.3 litres of fuel (NEDC) per 100 kilometres (27.43 mpg imp.), the open top Carrera needs only a tenth of a litre more. Using the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK), the cars can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.7 seconds (4.9 for the Cabriolet).

Furthermore, the cars have better fuel consumption: 9.8 l/100 km (28.82 mpg imp.) and 9.9 l/100 km (28.53 mpg imp.). With the Sport Chrono Plus package installed, the cars also get the additional "Launch Control" function, which can improve acceleration times by further 0.2 seconds. The 911 Black Edition sportiness and comfort can be enhanced with the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) as well as with the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) with ceramic disc brakes is offered as an option.

Press Release

Porsche 911 Black Edition

The Porsche 911 Black Edition offer the core 911 principles of distinctive design with inner strength; with a high level of specification that emphasises the iconic styling of the car and enhances the interior, while retaining the authentic sporting character of the driving experience.

Available in just 1,911 examples worldwide, the Porsche 911 Black Edition is painted in plain black as standard, with Basalt Black metallic available as an option. The electric-folding hood of the Cabriolet model is trimmed in black cloth. Exterior highlights are provided by the 19-inch 911 Turbo II forged alloy wheels, the glossy metallic appearance of which perfectly complements the discreet elegance of these 911 models. In addition, the wheel rims provide an unobstructed view of the brake discs which are naturally paired with black-finished, four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers.

Black lettering on the stainless steel door entry guards identifies each 'Black Edition', and provides a first hint of the high-quality interior design with its focus on pure sports car values. Inside, the colour theme of the exterior continues with a black leather interior, and facing the driver is a thick-rimmed SportDesign steering wheel. The instrument cluster naturally remains in black. On the glove compartment lid, a badge testifies to the limited production run of the Porsche 911 Black Edition. By way of contrast, the decorative fascia strip, gear lever and air vents are finished in aluminium-look paint. The rear centre console is painted in the exterior colour.

Together with the characteristic exhaust note of the flat-six 3.6-litre engine, a further acoustic highlight of the Porsche 911 Black Edition is the BOSE® Surround Sound-System that is fitted as standard. This was specially coordinated with the interior of the 911 Carrera and comprises 13 loudspeakers (twelve in the Cabriolet) including an active subwoofer and central speaker as well as a seven channel digital amplifier. Combined, this delivers a total output of 385 W for an immersive sound experience.

Also standard on the Black Edition models is satellite navigation, and a universal audio interface in the central console storage compartment that enables an MP3 player to be connected to the audio. Every Porsche 911 Black Edition also features rear ParkAssist, cruise control, automatic dimming anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors, and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.

The technology of the Porsche 911 Black Edition conforms to the Carrera standard: Under the rear lid is to be found the typical Carrera flat-six cylinder engine, producing 345 hp (245 kW) at 6,500 rpm from 3,614cc. Coupled with the six-speed gearbox, this output delivers a top speed of 180 mph (289 km/h) in both body versions. At its maximum acceleration, the Coupé reaches 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, the Cabriolet in 5.1 seconds. Combined with such impressive performance figures are remarkably moderate running costs; the Porsche 911 Black Series Coupé, for example, returns 27.4mpg Combined (NEDC).

The Porsche 911 Black Edition enjoys the same technical special equipment options that are offered for all Carrera models. First and foremost is the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) double-clutch gearbox. A 911 Carrera with PDK turns in record performances thanks to the seven ratios and quick gear changes achieved with no interruption to the power flow. On the one hand fuel consumption: at 29.4 mpg (9.6 l/100 km) and 28.5 mpg (9.9 l/100 km) for the closed and open-top 911 respectively, the Carreras dip under the 10 l/100km threshold. On the other hand dynamics: with PDK, the Coupé accomplishes the sprint in only 4.7 seconds, the Cabrio in 4.9 seconds. Responsiveness can also be further enhanced by the optional Sport Chrono Plus package. It features the additional "Launch Control" function for the fastest possible acceleration from a standing start allied with a gearshift strategy for extremely sporty driving that enables very fast gearshifts. Launch Control shaves a further 0.2 seconds off the acceleration times of vehicles equipped with PDK.

The sportiness and comfort of the Porsche 911 Black Edition can be enhanced further if so desired. For example, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and as an additional option for the Coupé, the PASM with sports chassis lowered by 20 millimetres and mechanical rear limited slip differential. To further optimisebraking performance, Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are also available at extra cost.

The Porsche 911 Black Edition goes on sale in the UK and Ireland from April 2011 and is priced from £67,270 for the Coupé and £74,958 for the Cabriolet - the same price as the standard 911 Carrera models.

Included in the purchase price is the invitation for customers to explore the dynamic attributes of their 911 and develop their own skills behind the wheel, courtesy of a Driving Experience Programme at the Porsche Experience Centre at Silverstone.

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