Porsche Launches Limited 911 Carrera 4 GTS ‘British Legends Edition’

The new limited Porsche 911 Carrera 4 GTS ‘British Legends Edition’ honors Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy for their wins in 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Porsche is the most successful car maker in the history of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, scoring 19 victories over the years and with the new ‘British Legends Edition’ pays tribute to the efforts of three legendary British drivers – Richard Attwood (winner 1970), Derek Bell (winner 1981, 1982, 1986, 1987) and Nick Tandy (winner 2015).

The new limited edition of the 911 GTS was designed by Porsche Great Britain together with Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Each driver gets honored with a unique spec, identified by the number of their winning racing car and its colour scheme incorporated into the livery. There’s also a Union Jack combined with the driver’s signature.

Each car also comes with Alcantara interior trim -including the steering column casing-, satin-finish black door mirrors, carbon floor mats with Alcantara edging while customers will be able to choose between a manual and a PDK dual-clutch automatic transmission as with the standard GTS models. Each example will be finished by hand in Porsche’s new Exclusive Manufaktur workshop.

Power comes from a twin-turbo 3.0-liter flat-six unit, developing 450hp and 405lb-ft (550Nm) of torque, enabling the Carrera 4 GTS to reach 62mph from standing in 3.6 seconds when fitted with a PDK transmission.

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  • fabri99

    How is everything always so wonderful in the world of Porsche?

    • SteersUright

      They offer compellingly unique, dedicated sports car experience in either rear or mid-engine layout mated to unique flat/boxer engines and offer just enough curb appeal to draw a small crowd and make you feel special, but not gaudy enough to make you feel ridiculous. They also appear to win every sort of racing they get involved in and the hearts of auto journalists everywhere praising them endlessly. Combine that with one of the greatest auto brand histories and they’re hard to touch. Essentially, they dont have any real competition outside of some exotics and those cost way, way more. To touch a GT3 driving experience you’d be in the $250k+ world of Ferrari’s, Lambo’s, etc. In fact, their street “cred” is so strong they can sell oodles of rebadged Q5’s and Taureg’s with huge profit margins and everyone buys them to get the fam in a Porsche too. The Panamera seems a bespoke Porsche creation. But even that watered down monstrosity (in looks, I mean) sells well despite running Audi engines when it should’ve run a flat-6, to be a proper Porsche that is.

      That said, their actual build quality is decidedly German, which is to say excellent paint, panel gaps, materials, and also grossly unreliable, electrical gremlins galore, and very expensive to own outside of warranty. This part of the Porsche story is just glossed over amidst all the Porsche love out there. We’ll also see how they fare after dropping their beloved flat-6’s for flat 4’s in their “entry-level” sports car offerings.

      I have to add, Im a HUGE fan myself. From the nostalgic looks of any 911 (save the 996) to the flat 6 roar and despite their horrendous quality issues myself and friends all experienced (failed engines, failed PDK, door panel replacements at $2500 each, roof sag at 2 yrs old, etc), I still jones for my very own GT3 one day!

      • fabri99

        Well, that was thorough.

  • nastinupe

    Lost interest when it became a turbo. Moving on, nothing to see here. Wake me when the 911 GT3 RS comes out.

    • SteersUright

      I did initially. But they’re actually very, very well done. Still have the famous flat-6 instant throttle response and miraculously, they maintained the awesome flat-6 engine sound. Where they really effed up was not making a smaller 2.5 flat 6 turbo for the Cayman/Boxster so they too, could still sound amazing when being hustled. Also, I feel the Panamera, the “four door 911”, should’ve gotten the new gen flat-6’s too. They would’ve imbued the car with tons more character and they certainly make enough power now to move that heavy car along at a brisk enough pace.

      • nastinupe

        I’ve never driven a turbo that I like. Natural Aspiration and manuals until I die when it comes to my Porsches. I’ll take some DCT variant on other sports cars, but not on my Porsches. I want to row my own gears and I want instant throttle response. Hell, I’m not happy about them taking away hydraulic steering. You can’t feel the road the same with the electric steering. I’m definitely a purist… although I never understood the whole hoopla about air cooled vs. water cooled. Nobody has explained to me in a way where they were able to associate the change with diminished the driving experience.

        • SteersUright

          Agree with everything you said. The newer Porsches are amazing, but there’s no doubt they’re far more comfortable and somewhat diluted compared to how hardcore they once were. Regarding the air-cooled, I’ve read but haven’t experienced, that they have the fastest throttle response and are simply louder, bark harder, and offer a more raw, visceral experience in a car that was already hard to tame due to its engine being out further back than the current cars and with no modern traction control, etc.. Also, the air-cooled generation itself provided all the other items you mentioned, so I think it isn’t the engine alone, but the whole package that has people chasing those cars. I guess the older gen offered that much more “pure” of a Porsche experience, prior to the days of all the modern tech diluting it but people just refer to them as the “air cooled” Porsches.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    I want the red one.

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