We know 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the Porsche 911. We also know Porsche loves creating all sorts of special-edition 911 variants. Imagine our surprise, then, when we saw the automaker whipped up this new limited-edition 2013 Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition model.
The 2013 911 50th Anniversary Edition adds both some show and go to a standard 991-generation Carrera S coupe. Wide rear fenders are cribbed from the all-wheel-drive 911 Carrera 4 range, and help envelop new 20-inch aluminum wheels designed to emulate the classic Fuchs wheels used on the original 911. Likewise, chrome strips on the front air inlets, along with chromed fins on the decklid and between the taillamps visually tie the new 911 to the first-generation model. Buyers have their choice between black, graphite grey, and geyser grey paint colors, but all 50th Edition cars wear special “911 50” emblems on their tail.
Inside, the 911 50th Edition gains a full leather interior, along with 14-way power sport bucket seats. Buyers can select from grey or black leather hides, but the seat inserts are trimmed in a tartan plaid fabric patterned after those in early 911s. The “911 50” emblem is embroidered in the headrests and applied to the cup holder panel and instrument cluster. Speaking of the gauge cluster, it’s also backdated to include green lettering, white needles, and silver caps – much like those on early 911s.
Beneath the surface, the 911 50th Anniversary Edition also lumps in the optional Powerkit, which upgrades the stock 3.8-liter flat-six with new cylinder heads and camshafts, a revised intake system and radiator, and a sport exhaust system. Subsequently, power rises from 400 to 430 hp. This also adds in the Sport Chrono package, which, in turn, adds dynamic engine mounts. A seven-speed manual is standard, but Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch gearbox is optional.
Unlike the nostalgic 997 911 Sport Classic, this nostalgic 50th Anniversary Edition will be offered to American Porsche customers this fall. Pricing starts at $125,050, including $950 in destination. Yes, that is nearly $25,200 over the base price of a 911 Carrera S, but were you to order a 911 Carrera S with the same equipment, including the Powerkit, 14-way power seats, leather interior, and so on, its pricetag would rise to about $125,705. Factor in the cost of the other design bits unique to this model, and the 2013 911 50th Anniversary Edition actually appears to be something of a bargain.