Porsche is celebrating the 50th birthday of its iconic 911 with a new special model named, fittingly, the 50 Years Edition.
Bound for September's Frankfurt Motor Show - where the original 'type 901' debuted - the 911 50 Years Edition will come to Australia toward the end of the year in limited numbers, priced from $270,100.
The 911 has come a long way since 1963, but there's truth in the old adage: the more things change, the more they stay the same.
While the latest 911 is light years ahead of its earliest forebear, its style remains familiar, and key engineering philosophies endure.
That trademark profile is still there, the round headlights remain (except for a deviation here and there), and there's still a flat six behind the rear axle.
For this 50 Years Edition, Porsche has also added a set of retro-styled 20-inch five-spoke wheels, so that there can be no doubt as to the new model's purpose.
The special model is based on the 991 Carrera S, with the same rear-wheel-drive layout and 294kW 3.8 litre six, but Porsche has fitted the 44mm wider body of the Carrera 4. Just for a little extra visual oomph.
There's also Porsche's Active Suspension Management system to suit the wider body, and the Porsche Torque Vectoring system with a limited slip differential.
Three colours will be offered, two of them unique to the 50 Years: a dark Graphite Grey, and the light Geyser Grey, shown here. A regular black option will also be available.
There's a 911 50 badge at the rear, high-gloss window frames and 'SportDesign' exterior mirrors.
You'll find more nostalgic throwbacks in the cabin, with green labelled instruments, white pointer needs and silver caps on the instrument pivot pins.
The centre panels of the leather seats also get a fabric pattern designed to evoke the 'Pepita' tartan of the 60s.
Porsche Australia hasn't said just how many units of the 50 Years will be offered in Australia, but globally, just 1,963 (of course) examples will be built.
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