2013 IAA: Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition seen in Frankfurt [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 12, 2013

Porsche unveiled a special model at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt this week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its 911 sports car. The commemorative 50 Years Edition will only have 1,963 examples for production, as a tribute to 1963, the year when Porsche unveiled the original model to the public.

The 911 50 Years Edition merges a distinctive silhouette with a rear-mounted, flat-six engine and rear wheel drive, just like the first model. However, the 911 50 Years Edition carries a contemporary appeal, thanks to its exclusive body styling, efficient performance and active sports suspension.

It is derived from the 911 Carrera S, but sports a wider body that is 44 mm broader across the rear wheel arches – a styling that is typical of all-wheel drive Carrera 4 models.

The distinctive exterior styling is merged with features that allowed the 911 to become a legend of success after 50 years of existence. One of these features is the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that combined with special tuning to complement the increased track width, further improves the car's already exceptional cornering dynamics.

The 911 50 Years Edition also boasts of a sports exhaust system for increased emotional character. It is powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six engine that provides up to 400hp, allowing the limited edition car to accelerate from zero to 62 mph in just 4.5 seconds (4.3 seconds with PDK) and achieve a top speed of 186 mph (185 mph with PDK). The car's NEDC Combined fuel consumption is 29.7 mpg (32.5 mpg with PDK), equivalent to carbon dioxide emissions of 224 g/km (205 g/km with PDK).

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