August 7, 2003
Porsche to introduce 40th Anniversary 911 model
Atlanta, Georgia – Porsche announced it will produce a special 40th Anniversary 911 model in recognition of the debut of the first Porsche 911 at the 1963 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). To be unveiled next month at the 2003 IAA, the commemorative model is based on the current rear-wheel drive Porsche 911 Carrera but offers more horsepower, enhanced handling features, and unique interior and exterior styling.
The 40th Anniversary 911’s 3.6-liter flat-six engine produces 345 horsepower, 25 horsepower more than the base model 911. As a result, the model is one second faster than the regular 911 from 0 to 120 mph (200 km/h) with a time of 16.5 seconds. The car’s top track speed, 180 mph (290 km/h), makes it the second fastest non-turbocharged model in the current 911
Aggressive sport suspension settings help to enhance the 40th Anniversary 911’s handling. Combined with the standard electronic Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, an additional mechanical rear-axle differential lock provides even better traction and optimum acceleration potential.
The 40th Anniversary 911’s distinguishing styling features include GT silver metallic exterior paint colour (exclusive to this model and the Carrera GT), front cooling air openings adopted from the 911 Turbo, body color air intake grills, left and right sill trims, an aluminum “911” logo on the engine cover, shot-blasted, polished 18-inch Carrera wheels, and high-gloss polished exhaust tailpipes. A sliding sunroof, bi-xenon headlights with dynamic beam
angle control and a headlight cleaning system complete the standard exterior features.
The interior is trimmed in naturally soft dark grey leather. Other interior details include sport seats with two-stage heating; centre console, seat backs and dashboard groove trim strips and handbrake lever side covers finished in GT silver metallic; aluminum-finish instrument dial rings; and a numbered “911 40th Anniversary” plaque on the centre console.
Porsche will produce only 1,963 40th Anniversary 911 models. It will be available to the North American market in November 2003 with a base price of $131,450 Canadian.