Porsche Ready to Bring Out 911 Black Edition

Based on the 3.6-liter, 345 horsepower (hp) 911 Carrera, the upcoming 911 Black Edition from Porsche features a list of standard equipment and will be available as a Coupe or Cabriolet and only in black.

Porsche said a couple of months ago that it will extensively upgrade its research and development (R&D) center in Weissach. The sports car manufacturer is investing approximately $200 million in an advanced wind tunnel, a state-of-the-art design center and an electronics integration center. (Read: Porsche to Pump $200 Million into its R&D Center)

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Among its other marketing moves, Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) had launched a campaign: My Classic Porsche Search. This national search was to focus on finding the oldest Porsches in 12 distinctive model categories, as well as the very oldest Porsche of all. (Read: Can You Search the Oldest Porsche?)

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The Black Edition will be limited to just 1,911 worldwide units. Price: $81,300 for the Coupe and $91,300 for the Cabriolet, and they will be available in the spring of 2011.

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It will come with two paint choices: Solid Black or the optional Basalt Black Metallic, with highlights provided by the 19 inch 911 Turbo II two-color wheels, their dichroic effect complementing the discreet elegance of the exterior color.

In addition, the rims provide an unobstructed view of the brakes’ black, four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers.

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Exclusive to the Black Edition, black lettering on the stainless steel door entry guards provides the first hint of the high-quality interior design and continues the exterior color scheme.

Also included is a sport design steering wheel while the instrument cluster remains black. On the glove compartment lid, a badge testifies to the 911 Black Edition’s limited production run while the decorative molding on the dashboard, gear lever or selector and air vents provide a contrast with their aluminum look paint.

The rear center console is painted in the exterior color.

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An acoustic highlight of the 911 Black Edition’s additional equipment is the BOSE Surround Sound-System that is now standard in the 911 Black Edition, along with the Porsche touch screen Communication Management (PCM) system, XM Radio, XM NavTraffic and GPS based navigation.

The 911 Black Edition represents an approximate $6,000 savings over a similarly equipped 911 Carrera, says Porsche Cars North America.

The announcement was made today, Jan. 25.

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