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2011-01-26 10:56

DARK ART: Porsche's latest 911 is the Black Edition. Same tech, different trim.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Porsche
Model Black Edition
Engine 3.6l flat-six
Power 254kW @ 6 500r/min
Torque 390Nm
Transmission Six-speed manaul, seven-speed PDK
Zero To Hundred 4.3 sec
Porsche is stretching its 911 range’s marketability with (yet) another special edition.

This latest 911 spin-off is, rather simplistically, called the Black Edition – not to be confused in any way with AMG’s Black Series performance cars.

Applied to the baseline 911 Carrera (hard and soft-top), Black Edition status confers a range of goodies from the Porsche parts bin into a package that the company’s marketers think will be most desirable for customers.


Mechanically, nothing fundamental has changed. Porsche’s legendary 3.6-litre flat-six produces 254kW and shifts courtesy of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or six-speed manual.

Good for a 0-100km/h sprint of 4.7sec (in Coupe form), the Black Edition 911 is certainly quick enough to justify its performance billing.
With the Sports Chrono package specified, Porsche claims the 254kW dual-clutch version will shift the 0-100km/h benchmark in only 4.3sec - which says something for the advantages of its rear-engined traction bias.

Dynamics, though, are not really its raisin d'etre. Porsche has added some neat bits from several of its 911 models to build something distinct(ive) in the form of its new Black Edition.


Obviously you can only order it in black, with Porsche giving customers the option between solid (nearly matte hue) or metallic.

Black Edition’s dual-tone, five-blade, 19" alloy rims are off the 911 Turbo, hiding the four-piston monoblock brake callipers which are painted black, too, and really drive home the point concerning this new Porsche’s underlying Darth Vader theme...

Access the Black Edition cabin and you’ll notice (surprise, surprise) a black instrument cluster contrasted by aluminium trim applied to the shifter level, air vents and dashboard centre-line. A chunky, thick-rimmed, sports steering wheel is also part of the package. Also standard are touch-screen satnav, park assist, cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, automatic dimming mirror and an acoustically impeccable 13-speaker Bose sound system.

So, if you’d like to paint your Porsche experience black - or are just both a Porschephile and Rolling Stones fan - the 911 Black Edition coupe retails for R945 000 and its soft-top sibling for R1 045 000.

If you were to order a standard 911 Carrera coupe to Black Edition specification, it would retail for about R1 075 000. Judged as a package, then, the Black (which retails for the same money as Porsche's entry-level 911) is quite a good deal...

Porsche will only produce 1911 Blacks so, yes, they will in all probability becomes collectors’ items and appreciate in value.

Then again, which 911 doesn't in the long term?


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