Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition review

17 May, 2014 7:15am Luke Madden

Limited-run Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition is thrilling to drive

Verdict

5
The 50th Anniversary Edition looks great and it feels nicer to drive than just about any other 911. You’ll have to pay a bit of extra cash, but you may end up recouping it when you come to sell anyway. As it stands, it’s our pick of the range – it’s just a shame only 1,963 are going on sale globally.

It's been just over 50 years since Porsche introduced the 911, and this new Anniversary Edition, available to 1,963 buyers, celebrates that landmark.

Retro cues abound, like 20-inch Fuchs-style alloys, houndstooth seats (full-leather seats are available at no extra cost) and the chrome engine grille. Underneath it all are Carrera S mechanicals, allied to the wider rear wheelarches of the Carrera 4 models. The Geyser Grey Metallic paint is unique to the 50 – although you can get Graphite Grey or Black – and there’s extra kit like dynamic headlights and SportDesign wing mirrors, thrown in.

As with the last-generation 911 GTS, the combination of rear-wheel drive and the Carrera 4 bodyshell’s wider track makes one of the most engaging sports cars on the road even better to drive. It has plenty of grip, fantastic steering and a chassis that just gets better the more you learn how to exploit it.

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition rear

There are no tweaks to the engine, so our manual car takes 4.5 seconds to go from 0-62mph, with all of its ferocity above 4,000rpm. Buyers can go for the PDK as a £2,525 option and it’s one that we’d have no trouble recommending. Yes, there’s an argument to be made that the manual is more involving but sitting in traffic for anything more than 15 minutes the heavy clutch pedal will soon have you wishing for the auto.

The 911 50th Edition will cost you from £92,257, which is about £9,000 more than a standard Carrera S. Add some of the kit standard on a 50, and the difference shrinks to around £5,000. In 911 terms that’s really not a lot of money – especially when you’re not only getting a slice of history but also one of the best looking and sharpest handling examples of the latest 911 you can buy.

Key specs

  • Price: £92,257
  • Engine: 3.8-litre 6cyl
  • Power: 395bhp
  • Transmission: Seven-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
  • 0-62mph: 4.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 186mph
  • Economy/CO2: 29.7mpg/224g/km
  • On sale: Now
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