Porsche's new 911 Targa 50Y edition might not come cheap, but it is quite exclusive

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2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
  • Porsche won't confirm how many are coming, but a handful of right-hand-drive 2022 911 Targa 50Y limited-edition models are bound for SA. 
  • You can have it in two colours: Black or Jet Black, as a tribute to the first Porsche Design product - a watch.
  • A unique Porsche Design watch is also available in limited numbers to pair with the car for those Sunday morning rain is pouring blasts.
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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Porsche Design, the studio responsible for creating numerous Porsche products, Porsche AG has just announced the all-new 911 Porsche Design 50th Anniversary Edition (or the 50Y as they sometimes refer to it).

Only 750 of these vehicles will be built for global consumption, and Stuttgart will commission a handful of them in right-hand-drive format so that South African Targa fans aren't left out. Brace yourself, however, as this 911 lands in SA with a recommended retail price of R2 949 000 (with a three-year or 100 000km Driveplan). 

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2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition

This one's for Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

According to Porsche spokespeople, the 911 Targa 50Y features several design cues that pay tribute to Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who designed the first 911 sportscar in the early 1960s. These signature details include a plain Black exterior, the heritage-themed pattern of the Sport-Tex seat centre panels and the red second hand of the Porsche Design Subsecond clock from the Sport Chrono Package, which is provided as standard.

The special edition is based on the 911 Targa 4 GTS and can now be ordered through Porsche Centres around South Africa. The launch is staggered across international sales markets. Local buyers can expect delivery in the third or fourth quarter of 2022, just in time for Christmas this year. Buyers can also purchase a unique version of the latest edition of the legendary Chronograph I watch from Porsche Design.

2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition

You can have it in black, or more black

The 2022 911 Porsche Design 50th Anniversary Edition comes standard with a Black exterior paint finish or, optionally, in Jet Black Metallic.

Porsche makes it noteworthy that this is a clear reference to Porsche Design.

"Black was the colour of the very first Porsche Design product, the Chronograph I. That's why we've chosen it for our limited-edition model. Using Platinum as an accent colour elevates the Black paintwork in the same way chrome details used to," says Roland Heiler, Managing Director and Chief Designer at Design Studio F.A. Porsche.

2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition

The Targa bar is painted in Platinum (satin finish). The 'Porsche Design' decorative film on the doors also comes in this contrasting colour. The limited-edition model has the same wheels as the 911 Turbo S: 20-inches at the front and 21-inches at the rear. The rims are also painted in Platinum (satin finish), and the hub covers have coloured Porsche crests.

Regarding stopping power, the brake callipers are painted in Black (high-gloss), as are the main features of the standard Sport Design package. The special edition also features an exclusive 'Porsche Design 50th Anniversary Edition' badge on the slats of the rear lid grille. Finally, the '911' logo on the rear apron is also painted black as standard.

2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition

More than enough performance

Considering its price, the latest Targa from Porsche might not seem like good value when it comes to performance figures, but it's not slow by any means. The car's turbocharged 3.0-litre flat-six engine delivers 353kW of power and 570Nm of torque. Sub four second sprints should be the order of the day.

However, this is the kind of 911 you want to be seen in, so driving slowly is arguably more suited to it.

One final trait that we like about the new 911 Targa 50Y is that you can order it with a seven-speed manual transmission as the ultimate throwback to #savethemanuals. If you prefer self-shifting vehicles, you can still have it with an eight-speed PDK double-clutch automatic box. It's advised to get in touch with your local Porsche Centre to find out more about ordering one before these limited edition cars are all snapped up by Porsche collectors.


Do you think the Porsche 911 Targa 50Y hits a sweet spot in terms of design, or do you think the regular convertible version of the 911 is striking enough already? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section, or please send us an email here.


2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition
2022 Porsche 911 Targa 50Y limited edition


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