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New 911 50th Anniversary: '911 Blu Edition' Leaked!

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8 Feb 2008
Porsche is to reveal its biggest birthday present to itself at this year's Frankfurt Motorshow with the launch of the most environmentally friendly 911 in its fifty year history: The new 911 Blu Edition.

The Porsche 911 continues to resolve apparent contradictions like no other sports car in history – such as between tradition, innovation and technology or between exclusivity, mass production and high social acceptance, and of course between performance, style and efficiency. And so, Porsche is celebrating another 50th anniversary of the 911 at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt with an even more exciting all new limited edition: the 911 Blu Edition.

If you thought the 911-50 limited edition model was the end of Porsche's 911 celebrations, think again. At what will be exactly 50 years to the month since the original 901 was shown to the world, Porsche will reveal a new limited-edition entry level 991 in September this year.

Environmental Technology
Although the environmental technology utilised in the new 911 Blu Edition will become part of the 991's standard specification when the second generation facelift is released in late 2014, 911 lucky individuals will get the chance to own the technology almost 12 months early.

In a move set to put the cat among the pigeons, the launch special is expected to undercut the current 3.4 Coupe PDK by 9,500 euros at an estmated 74,600 euros (£64,750) - and wait for it - it will be a convertible as standard!

What started out as a design study for an Italian-market-only tax-break special, has now been confirmed to be rolled out across Europe. And even Porsche Cars North America have been allocated 300 units of the emissions beating model.

Only 911 of the 911 Blu Edition will be made - all finished in "Riviera Blue" with contrasting Guards Red highlights.

Selective Cylinder Deactivation
The new car features a detuned version of the current 3.4 direct fuel injection block, to which Porsche have fitted ultra-low friction CarboSil (silicon-carbide) coated pistons, light-weight titanium alloy con-rods and selective cylinder deactivation technology.

The new flat-six produces peak power of 300 hp at 6,200 rpm, 50 hp down on the standard 3.4, and at an engine speed 400 rpm higher, but produces exactiy the same peak torque of 287 Nm at 5,800 rpm.

The reduction in the cooling requirements of the new low-compression 3.4 unit allowed the Porsche engineers to almost halve the standard radiator sizes and their drag-inducing front air scoops.

In addition, at low-rpm/high-gear cruising, an active shutter mechanism will further close the front radiator apertures, dropping the basic Carrera's already market-sector leading drag coefficient of 0.29 to a Toyota Prius-chasing 0.26!

The 911 Blu Edition will also use an upgraded stop-start system and a new smart charging system that disengages the alternator entirely except during braking or large current draws (eg heated seats or heated rear window use).

PRS - or "Porsche Regeneration System" - is a Siemens-Porsche co-developed technology, known internally as "ReGen-On/ReGen-Off" (or Ro/Ro), and will be incorporated into the forthcoming second generation 991 and 981 Boxster/Cayman too.

Porsche's latest Panamera saloon and Cayenne off-roader already use a similar VW/Audi developed system, but it was known that this was incompatible with the company's sports models.

Emissions in "coast" mode have been reported to approach that of the Fiat TwinAir on the Extra Urban cycle.

Ultra lightweight wheels
The model goes on to make a nod to its forebears with the reappearance of 18" alloy wheels and tyres with taller sidewalls.

The new ultra lightweight hollow-spoke alloys will be shod with low rolling-resistance tyres developed with Michelin specifically for the model. Both fuel consumption and road noise are kept well below that of the current 20" set up.

In a further weight saving effort, PASM will not be fitted as standard. Although still available as a cost option, loss of the PASM adjustable suspensions system is reputed to have had no adverse affects on the car's handling - in fact it is rumoured the lower unsprung weight and slightly narrower tyres give the new model a rawer nimbleness that has been missing from the standard Carrera since launch.

At a stroke, Porsche may have created not only the most environmentally friendly 165 mph sports car on sale, but also one of the most involving!

The innovations don't stop there either. Porsche saved the best to last: the 911 Blu Edition features a revolutionary hard top, which is a world's first for a convertible Porsche.

Unlike the last time Porsche offered a hard top (an option on the 997), when it weighed-in at a hefty 36 kgs, the new composite hard top tips the scales at a svelte 22 kgs, offering significantly easier handling over its predecessor.

In addition the light-weight roof does not sit on top of a folded fabric soft-top either. In fact there are none of the cumbersome and heavy roof hydraulic systems of the standard Cabriolet models.

The 911 Blu Edition features a unique single-piece composite roof, all but indistinguishable from the standard 991 semi-rigid convertible top due to the continued use of a fabric covering for aesthetics.

The single piece roof locks into the bodyshell and windscreen surround at four hard points, and is secured in place or released by a novel fully electronic locking mechanism.

Total weight savings from the various under the skin changes are understood to add-up to a not inconsiderable 63 kgs over the standard Cabriolet model that the 911 Blu Edition is based on. With the hardtop removed, this weight saving rises to a barely credible 85 kgs.

All 911 Blu Editions will be supplied with a composite hardtop as standard

Technical Data
The 911 Blu Edition sprints from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.4 seconds with standard PDK and on to a top speed of 266 km/h (165mph). The car's combined EU5 fuel consumption is 6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg), which equates to CO2 emissions of 152 g/km with standard PDK.

All 911 examples of the 911 Blu Edition will be a narrow body design, rear-wheel drive and PDK only. The 911 Blu Edition will be instantly recognisable by its distinctive "Riviera Blue" exterior finish with characterisctic Guards Red hardtop, wing mirrors and front grill trim. The 911 Blu Edition will be available exclusively to members of Officially approved Porsche Clubs only.

It is expected a lottery system will be in effect for those who have submitted a letter of intent to purchase via their regional Porsche Club.

First deliveries of the 911 Blu Edition to the lucky few are expected before the end of the year.

IAA Frankfurt
Porsche will present the 911 Blu Edition as part of the final official 911 50th anniversary celebrations at the IAA motor show in Frankfurt, which runs from the 11 to 22 September, 2013.


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I know someone that would love that!!!!
:floor: :floor: :floor:
Nope, it's not doing it for me.
Re: New 911 50th Anniversary Edition revealed 'The 911 Blu'

Porsche News said:
PRS - or "Porsche Regeneration System" - is a Siemens-Porsche co-developed technology, known internally as "ReGen-On/ReGen-Off" (or Ro/Ro)
pzero said:
Nope, it's not doing it for me.

Surely the next step from a GTS :thumb:
1st throw away 911 :grin:

In 6 years years time who will be able to fix all the electrics when they go wrong At least IMS and Bore scoring are fixable

I see it now with Audis and VW with all the modern gizmo's we take in PX

Hmmm, almost as bad as this:



Talk about undermining (underwhelming?) your position.

What with the tedious 911-50, why can't limited really mean limited?

Next thing Porsche will offer is "911" or "1963" or "2013" Special Edition "911 Augusts" to be swiftly followed by the even more inane parts-bin dive, the "911 September".


What with this abysmall cunning "PR" stunt:


I have almost no sympathy for the serial and souless mass-producer Porsche AG has become.

Having said that, I find the commenst about PASM and big wheels very illuminating, but to go from a "breathless" embrace of "raw" to ridiculously complex stop-start twaddle is just bizarre.

How many real-life user just turn these annoying things off as soon as they start the engine?

I am not even sure the 9,500 euro "discount" is even that.

Add the missing bits (PASM, small wheels and tyres, smaller rads) and the no doubt cheap roof ("composite" = PR speak for plastic - this ain't no carbon-fibre tour de force) - does it even have insulation or a heated rear screen?

Isn't Riviera a solid paint as well?

The low emissions will help offset the Euro CO2 manufacturer penalties too(15,000 euros on the Cayenne Turbo).

Re: New 911 50th Anniversary Edition revealed 'The 911 Blu'

rottenbend said:
Porsche News said:
PRS - or "Porsche Regeneration System" - is a Siemens-Porsche co-developed technology, known internally as "ReGen-On/ReGen-Off" (or Ro/Ro)


... the best 911 I've seen in a while...

He's famous.

Shame it's such a shocker.
Another incredible miss by Porsche in celebrating the 911's big 5-0 !!!!

Sad and disappointing in equal measure. :x
I reckon it's BS, but it looks like the world is slowly posting up similar articles


If you, like us, cringed at the view of a light blue Porsche 911 Cabriolet with a red soft top and body accents, the good news is that we do not know for sure whether they are real or if they have been doctored through Photoshop.

What these images are purportedly showing us is a new limited production version of the 991-series Porsche 911 Convertible dubbed "Blu Edition". The news comes from the Porsche-dedicated forum 911UK, which states that the car was created to celebrate the nameplate's 50th anniversary and will be displayed for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

The report goes on to say that the unlike the vintage-trimmed 911 Carrera S Coupe 50th Anniversary that's more expensive than the base model, the 911 Blu Edition will not only be cheaper than the regular 911 Carrera Cabriolet, but also from the current entry-level 911 Carrera Coupe – but with a price in performance.

The article states: "In a move set to put the cat among the pigeons, the launch special is expected to undercut the current 3.4 Coupe PDK by 9,500 euros at an estimated 74,600 euros (£64,750)." We'll have to assume that said price concerns the UK market where the 911 Carrera Coupe starts from £73,413 (€83,864) and not Germany where it begins from €90,417.

The penalty for the lower entry price is said to come in the form of a de-tuned version of the 911 Carrera's 3.4-liter flat-six producing the same peak torque at 287 lb-ft (and not Nm as stated in the piece) or 390Nm, but 50 less horses at 350PS (345hp). With this engine and a standard dual-clutch PDK transmission, the 911 Blu Edition is said to complete the 0-100km/h (62mph) in 5.4 seconds and top out at 266km/h (165mph), or 0.6 seconds and 18 km/h slower respectively than the 991 Carrera Cabriolet.

The car is quoted to return a combined fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km (44.1 mpg Uk / 36.7mpg US), with CO2 emissions of 152 g/km.

Other notable features of the exclusively rear-wheel drive model include the adoption of stop-start and a new smart charging system, new 18-inch wheels with almost comically tall sidewalls (at least in these pictures) shod in low-rolling resistance tires, a standard composite hardtop weight just 22 kg (48.5 pounds), and instead of an electronic soft top, a removable, single-piece composite fabric roof. It is reported that total weight savings over the regular Carrera Cabriolet total to around 63kg or 139 pounds.

The entry-level 911 Blu Edition will reportedly be produced in a limited number of units, 300 of which are earmarked for North America. We're also told that buyers will be chosen through a lottery system for members of officially approved Porsche Club.

You may want to keep in mind that, at this time, none of the above has been confirmed from Porsche. We'll be sure to post an updated once we learn more.

Following on from its 50 Years Edition model, Porsche is set to round off celebrations of the 911"²s anniversary with the addition its most environmentally friendly variant yet, the 911 Blu Edition.

Offered in Convertible guise with PDK transmission as standard, the Blu Edition is finished in Riviera Blue with Guards Red highlights on the intake trims, lip spoiler, mirror casings and composite roof. Along with the roof panel, which weighs just 22 kg and replaces the regular car's hydraulically-operated framework altogether, Porsche has fitted 18-inch hollow-spoke alloys wrapped in low rolling resistance (tractor?) tyres specially created by Michelin. Overall there's a total weight saving of 63 kg compared to the standard model, rising to 85 kg with the roof removed.

Under the engine cover is a revised 3.4-litre flat-six that features low-friction silicon carbide-coated pistons, titanium alloy connecting-rods and selective cylinder deactivation technology. Torque remains unchanged at 287 Nm, but power is down from 257 kW (350 hp) to 224 kW (300 hp). On the road 100 km/h appears in 5.4 seconds with a top speed of 266 km/h achievable.

Further measures include an active grille shutter system to enhance aerodynamic slipperiness, an advanced stop/start function and alternator that disengages during normal conditions, but activates during decelerating. That technology results in a combined EU5 fuel consumption of 6.4 l/100 km with CO2 emissions of 152 g/km, which crush the regular Carrera's figures of 8.4 l/100 km and 198 g/km.

Expected to make its debut in Frankfurt this year (September 11 to 22), with just 911 examples being built at a price of €74,600, buyers will be chosen via a lottery system comprising of interested members of officially approved Porsche Clubs.

This just looks dreadful, and everything that a 911 shouldn't be; the automotive equivalent of a doughnut with all of the tasty jam sucked out of it.
Agggghhhh my eyes are bleeding !!!

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