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.

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).

Porsche launched the very first 911 – as the type 901 – in 1963. Even then, the model has been treated as an icon. Fifty years onward, Porsche is celebrating half-a-century of the 911 by unveiling a limited model at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show slated to open on September 12, 2013.

This special model -- the Porsche 911 50 Years Edition – has a number of similarities with the original model, including the fact that it features a rear-mounted, flat-six engine that sends power to the rear wheels. But of course, the Porsche 911 50 Years Edition has its modern appeal, thanks to its efficient performance, exclusive body styling, and active sports suspension. This limited edition pays tribute to the success of the Porsche 911 over seven generations, apparently managing to bridge the gap between performance and efficiency as well as between tradition and innovation.

Porsche derived the 911 50 Years Edition from the 911 Carrera S, but provided the special anniversary model with a body that is now 44 mm wider across its rear wheel arches. Likewise, the new 911 50 Years Edition is laden with a number of features that helped the 911 achieve its success in the past 50 years.

One of these features is the so-called Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) that – along the car’s wider track width – helps the 911 achieve its outstanding cornering dynamics. A sports exhaust system is also fitted on the limited edition.

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