This has been a busy month for Porsche news. Firstly – and most excitingly – there’s a new 911: the Edition 50Y Porsche Design. Based on the Targa GTS and limited to 750 cars worldwide, it celebrates 50 years of Stuttgart’s design and styling department.
The £144,360 Edition 50Y is inspired by a 911T 2.4 Targa from 1972, when Porsche Design was founded. Engineers spent two years restoring the air-cooled classic in-house, upgrading its chassis and flat-six engine to 190hp ‘S’ spec.
The black and platinum colour scheme mirrors the Chronograph I watch designed by Ferdinand Alexander Porsche – also in 1972.
Brand new retro
For the 911 Edition 50Y, an all-black exterior is combined with retro sill stripes and checked seats – the latter in grippy Sport-Tex fabric.
Power comes from a 480hp twin-turbo six (water-cooled this time), driving the rear wheels via a manual or PDK automatic transmission. Use launch control and it blasts to 62mph in 3.5 seconds.
Inevitably, owners can order a new edition of the classic Chronograph I watch, too.
Taycan things further
Also new this week is the Taycan Sport Turismo, now officially on sale and priced from £76,350.
Essentially, it is an estate version of Porsche’s class-leading EV, but without the lofty suspension and off-road attitude of the existing Cross Turismo. Options range from the 326hp rear-wheel-drive model to the 625hp Turbo S.
Britain is the second largest market worldwide for Taycan sales and it accounted for a third of Porsche GB’s volume in 2021. The practical Sport Turismo looks set to bolster that success – look out for the City A.M. review in early February.
Finally, we should mention the new Cayenne Platinum Edition, which features unique satin paint and extra equipment.
Starting from £69,230, the petrol or plug-in hybrid SUV comes with 21-inch RS Spyder alloy wheels, sports exhaust tailpipes, eight-way adjustable leather seats, a Bose audio system and a panoramic sunroof.
Tim Pitt writes for Motoring Research