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So if you were looking for someone to punt a Porsche 911 GT3 RS around the 'Ring, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than Sabine. Likewise, if you were looking to find a car worthy of challenging her (lightly-modified) GT3 RS, it'd be hard to do much better than a Ferrari 458 Italia—in this case, one driven by racing driver and RSRacing founder Ron Simons. And to capture it all on camera, well, you can't really beat a Nissan GT-R for a camera car.
The race seems, well, a little scripted—but then again, it's kind of hard to stick a camera car in with two competitors raging down the track at 10/10s, let alone ask them to move around for a better shot. That said, the end result is damn good television.
Apart from the ass-mounted engines, Porsche's 911 has mostly been about the relentless pursuit of performance through technological advancement. (The decision to ditch the stick shift on the latest 911 GT3 and Turbo is just the latest example; we could grab more if we didn't have other things to do today.) But every now and again—usually to mark some sort of special occasion—Porsche throws those folks who salivate over the '74 Carrera RS and who, given a quarter-million dollars, would buy a Singer 911 over a 911 GT2 RS a tasty bone. And the latest bone is this beauty you see above.
Porsche calls it, somewhat unoriginally, the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Edition. That said, the name is the least-interesting part of the car. It's based on the 911 Carrera S, but Porsche slaps on the wider body of the Carrera 4 for that extra visual flavor. Porsche Active Suspension Management comes standard, as does the sport exhaust system and xenon headlights with active cornering ability. And there's a rumor on the Internetz that every U.S. version will come with the Sport Chrono Package and the Powerkit that bumps the 3.8 liter boxer-six up to 430 horsepower, which makes this car kind of a performance steal
It wouldn't be a throwback model without those retro-inspired bits, though, so Porsche added on a unique engine compartment grille, special Fuchs-inspired 20-inch wheels, and a tartan pattern on the leather seats that's reminiscent of the fabric design on the 911 seats of the 1960s. And, in a subtle touch, the gauges come with green labeling, white needles and silver caps—just like the first 911s.
The 911 50th Anniversary Edition comes in your choice of black or two exclusive grays: a light "geyser grey metallic" and a dark "graphite grey." Since it's "just" a Carrera beneath the skin, there's also the choice of seven-speed PDK and seven-speed manual gearboxes. The PDK knocks four-tenths of a second off the 0-60 time (3.8 versus 4.2), but nobody buys special edition 911s to drag race. Go for the stick. You might not be able to much longer. And only 1963 examples of this 911 will be made (at a base price of $125,050), so hey, order now.