► Porsche 911 Black Edition is here
► All black, extra equipment galore
► On sale now, priced from £75,074
Porsche knows a thing or two about portfolio management and relies heavily on churning over new derivatives to sustain interest as model ranges age. And that’s why today we’re publishing photographs of the new Porsche 911 Carrera Black Edition for the first time.
It echoes the approach of earlier 911, Boxster and Cayman Blacks: there’s ebony paintwork and cabin treatment, plus a slew of extra equipment.
That means Turbo-spec 20-inch alloy wheels, automatically dimming rear-view mirrors, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and a Porsche Sport Design steering wheel to hold on to. Dynamic bendy LED headlamps are fitted, as are Bose surround-sound stereo, heated seats and parking sensors.
Porsche 991.1 Carrera Black Edition: the specs
Choose from coupe or convertible Black 911s, both powered by the regular Carrera’s 3.4 flat six with an unchanged 345bhp. Rear- or four-wheel drive is available.
Prices start at £75,074 for the 911 Black Edition coupe and £81,852 for the equivalent soft-top. Going the Carrera 4 route adds a little over £4k, depending on bodystyle.
Porsche 991.2 is waiting in the wings
The Black Edition arrives as Porsche prepares to show the second-generation 991.2 at the 2015 Frankfurt motor show, bringing a fresh, mostly turbocharged engine line-up and other improvements. Not that the 911 is crying out for change; Porsche GB claims its market share is 10% up in the first four months of the year, accounting for more than a third of all sports cars in the UK segment.
Click here to see how CAR is getting on with our year-long test of a secondhand Porsche 997 Carrera PDK.