• Jan 25, 2011
2012 Porsche 911 Black Edition – Click above for high-res image gallery

Henry Ford famously said that customers ordering a Model T could have it in any color – as long it's black. Porsche seems to be getting on board that century-old adage with a special edition of their own.

Based on the standard 911 Carrera, the Black Edition actually comes in two color options – but both of them are black. The 3.6-liter, 345-horsepower flat-six carries over, but buyers can opt for the six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK. Customers can also choose from coupe or cabrio, with the convertible roof in (you guessed it) black, with black brake calipers poking out from behind the 19-inch alloys from the 911 Turbo and a black leather interior.

The Black Edition also comes bundled with a slew of optional extras, and with an MSRP of $81,300 for the coupe ($91,300 for the cabrio), Porsche says the package actually represents a $6,000 savings over equipping a base 911 with the same kit. All in all only 1,911 examples will be made, with 573 of them reserved for the U.S. market. Check it out in the gallery below.



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Porsche Announces 2012 911 Black Edition

Approximately 30% of the 1,911 911 Black Edition Carrera Coupe and Cabriolet units headed to North America

ATLANTA – January 25, 2011 –Based on the 3.6-liter, 345 horsepower (hp) 911 Carrera, the upcoming 911 Black Edition features a comprehensive list of standard equipment and will be available as a Coupe or Cabriolet and only in black. Exclusivity and price help make this new 911 Carrera distinctive as the 911 Black Edition will be limited to just 1,911 worldwide units. MSRP will be $81,300 for the Coupe and $91,300 for the Cabriolet, and they will be available in the spring of 2011.

The 911 Black Edition will only be available in black, 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 brake's black, four-piston aluminum monobloc fixed calipers.

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.

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.

All told, the 911 Black Edition represents an approximate $6,000 savings over a similarly equipped 911 Carrera.

The 911 Black Edition's technology conforms to the Carrera standard: Under the rear lid lies the Carrera flat-six cylinder engine, producing 345 hp at 6,500 rpm from 3,614 cubic centimeters. Coupled with the six-speed manual gearbox, the Carrera achieves a top-track speed of 180 mph in both body versions. When fitted with the Porsche-Doppelkupplungsgetriebe (PDK) seven-speed double clutch transmission and Sport Chrono Plus Package, the Coupe can reach 60 mph in as little as 4.3 seconds, the Cabriolet in 4.5. Despite the impressive performance figures, fuel consumption remains moderate with EPA ratings of 19 mpg city, 27 highway, also with the PDK.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Somone call Porsche and tell them to stop coming with so many damn special editions of their cars.
      Black edition should mean EVERYTHING is black. Wheels, calipers,etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      i'm so sick of the porches 911... i hate what it has become. it's no longer the sportiest car you can buy. it is now any car you want. whatever you want, there is a 911 for you.. it's stupid.

      there are something like 20 different 911 models.. that's too much.

      here's an idea Porsche.. if you want to sell more 911's, then go back 10 years in time to when it was a car to be desired.

      all we need is the carrera(4), turbo, GT3, and GT2.. that is the essence of Porsche 911 and that's how it should be.

      imagine if the corvette had not 7 iterations, but 20+. it would be the biggest joke to ever leave kentucky.

      if i want a black 911, i will order it with black paint...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think you meant: "As long AS it's black." Thanks for the article. I'm not even a huge Porsche fanatic, but I say keep the special editions coming. I may be a practical engineer, but even I recognize that buying a car like this is as much about design and personal taste as it is about having a piece of German engineering. Besides, 20 years from now, the future owner of this car will need some way to distinguish it from the rest of the pack.

      Only history will tell which special edition will be worth more than the rest.
      • 3 Years Ago
      PLease Porsche no more special editions, however i like this one alot!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow, there are now 22 variations of the 911! That's just insane.
      • 3 Years Ago

      I like this Henry Ford quote:

      "If I had asked my customers what they wanted,
      they would have said a faster horse."

      Maybe Porsche asked their customers what they wanted,
      and they said a blacker Porsche ?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Could you imagine wandering into a Porsche dealer, wanting to buy your first 911, and being confronted with the dizzying array of variations? Simplify, Porsche, simplify.
        • 3 Years Ago
        that is why the corvette has always been so successful. because there aren't very many options. there's fast, faster, and fastest. thats it....

        the 911 used to be an icon because it used a similar approach that corvette uses. but since the 996, the 911 has gone a-wall and it's slowly becoming a car that nobody wants anymore.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, I hate having choices. Too confusing. I like restraunts with only one thing on the menu cooked one way. /sarcasm
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, it must be brutal for someone with 100k to spend on a car to have so many choices...
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think they meant to print "911 Black Ops Edition".





      • 3 Years Ago
      But look, guys! It says "911" on the back, instead of "Carrera"!!
        • 3 Years Ago

        Oooh la' la' ! Shexy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The term "murdered out" is used wrong in this context. A "murdered out " car is not just painted black it has all black accessories a tinting... rims, light covers, no chrome at all. I wouldn't take this matter lightly either autoblog.. do you think the people who coined the termed "murdered out" and its previously mention rules are nice people with flower decals on their 98 New Beatles or do you link their the people who stuff bodies in he back of Quattroportes? I once incorrectly used the term and now all I can muster is lame blog responses after a solid blow to the head from the chromed bumper of a 74 challenger. They are crazy brutal..
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hey, don't you Autoblog clowns know you can't use the term "murder" anymore? The correct term is now "aesthetically enhanced". :-)
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have just recently become a Porsche fan. But all of these special editions are turning me away again.
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