Porsche 911 Black Edition is the latest addition to the 911 range, limited to 1,911 units, going on sale from Spring 2011. It is based on the Carrera S powered by the 345 hp (254 kW) 3.6 liter flat-six and it’s available as both coupe and convertible variants. The coupe will cost 85,538 Euros in Germany, while the Cabrio runs for 96,843 Euros.
The main feature of this special edition is obviously the black theme inside and out. On the outside the 911 Black Edition is painted in plain black as standard, with basalt black metallic also available as an option. The Cabrio hood is principally of black cloth. Both cars feature 19 inch 911 Turbo II bi-colour wheels.
In addition, the rims provide an unobstructed view of the brakes, naturally with black, four-piston aluminium monobloc fixed callipers. The grey top-tint in the windscreen is standard in the 911 Black Edition, rounding off the overall impression on a harmonious note.
The interior is also black all over, and features high-quality partial leather seats wile you may also order an additional leather interior. Also included in the series version is a sports design steering wheel. The instrument cluster naturally remains in black. On the glove compartment lid, a badge testifies to the 911 Black Edition’s limited production run. There’s also “Black Edition’s” black lettering on the stainless steel door entry guards, making the car even more special.
To justify the price difference between the 911 Black and normal models, besides the visual features, Porsche has also fitted it with lots of equipments. One of the best features is the BOSE Surround Sound-System, fitted as standard. It was specially coordinated with the interior of the 911 Carrera models and comprises 13 loudspeakers (twelve in the Cabriolet) including active subwoofer and centre speaker as well as a seven channel digital amplifier with a total output of 385 W for a brilliant sound experience.
Both 911 Backs also get Porsche Communication Management (PCM), GPS navigation module, parking assistant, cruise control, automatic anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors and a rain sensor.
As mentioned, the 911 Black is powered by the same engine as the Carrera S and comes with Doppelkupplungs-getriebe (PDK) gearbox. It does 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.9 seconds, the Cabriolet in 5.1 seconds, and achieves a top speed of 289 km/h (180 mph) in both body versions. The average fuel consumption is 10.3 litres of fuel (NEDC) per 100 kilometres (27.43 mpg imp.), the open top Carrera needs only a tenth of a litre more. Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) with ceramic disc brakes is offered as an option.
The Porsche 911 Black Edition is certainly on of the most desirable versions of the car made to date, so if you can justify its price tag over the regular model, this is the best 911 to get.