Tuesday, 25 January 2011 4:20 PM
Porsche fans rejoice: the new and altogether more sinister 911 Black Edition specials are to be released in April, though you'll have to be quick to get one as only 1,911 are being made available worldwide.
Based around the 911 Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet, the dark-cars will fulfil their nominal criteria, using distinctive black paintwork and forged alloy wheels to "emphasise the timeless exterior design" long associated with the classic rolling shape.
Under the boot lid, a rear-mounted 345bhp, flat-six 3.6-litre engine won't be braking from tradition, delivering that characteristically grippy 911 driving experience, while the prices will mostly mirror their regular counterparts: £67,270 for the Coupe and £74,958 for the Cabriolet.
While the free-breathing engine and exhaust combo should provide the only sound needed to attract most enthusiastic buyers, music is delivered by a top-of-the-range Bose Surround Sound-System, with a dozen loudspeakers including an active subwoofer and central speaker, powered by a seven-channel digital amplifier.
Sat-nav, a universal audio interface, ParkAssist and cruise control are all accessible from the central console, while automatic dimming anti-dazzle interior and exterior mirrors and rain-sensing windscreen wipers drive blinding worries from the driver's mind.
Porsche has been busy this month. The company launched the 2011 Carrera Cup GB Championship at the Autosport International show at the Birmingham NEC last week and confirmed that a race at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany will be on that race calendar for the first time.
Black is the obvious theme with the new 911 Black Edition specials
19-inch forged alloy wheels are subtly special
The driver's view for the lucky few - only 1,911 will be offered
What are the chances of that? Another 911 Black Edition going the over the same bridge at the same time!