Thanks a million: Porsche celebrates 911 milestone
It has taken 54 years for the world’s most accomplished and iconic sports car to hit sales of 1,000,000 cars – but it has been well worth the wait.
In 1963, the same year that Porsche introduced its 911 to the world, McDonald's served its millionth hamburger. It may have taken more time, but the German automaker hit the same number with its archetypal automobile on May 11, as the one-millionth Porsche 911 was produced at the factory in Zuffenhausen.
The car that captured the honour is a rear-wheel-drive Carrera S painted in the marque's Irish Green. With a 3-litre, twin-turbo boxer engine under the hood, the 313kW coupe covers zero to 100km/h in 4.1 seconds while on its way to a top speed of 307km/h.
But it doesn't just run with more horses than the original 96kW 911, the Carrera contains such high-tech touches as the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) damping control and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, which both refine the ride inside.
Above is a detail of the dash in the one-millionth Porsche 911.
From daily driver to concourse-quality showpiece, the 911 remains one of the most popular sports cars on the market, as evidenced by the fact that 32,365 examples from the model line were delivered globally last year alone. One that will not be sold, however, is the Carrera that brought the count to a million, as it will be parked in the Porsche Museum after a world tour.