911 British Legends Edition Revealed
Three distinct new 911 Carrera 4 GTS models have been released called the British Legends Edition. The new cars are named in honour of Richard Attwood, Derek Bell and Nick Tandy, who took historic victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Porsche in 1970, 1982 and 2015 respectively. Developed between Porsche Cars GB and its bespoke arm, Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the British Legends Edition is unique to the UK market, and unique in three separate ways – each car can be identified instantly by its colour scheme and racing-style number.
Richard Attwood’s car is Guards Red, akin to his Salzburg Red Le Mans-winning 917 of 1970, it wears the same number: ’23’. Derek Bell’s 911 comes in Sapphire Blue Metallic, a nod to his ‘Rothmans’ liveried 956 of 1982, which carried the number ‘1’ in period. For Nick Tandy comes a car painted in Carrera White Metallic, taking influence from his DMG MORI liveried 919 Hybrid – the number ’19’ car that he drove to victory alongside Nico Hülkenberg and Earl Bamber at Le Mans in 2015.
The 450hp 3.0-litre flat-six from the normal GTS remains, offering 405lb ft torque delivering a healthy lump of performance. Buyers can opt for either a six-speed manual or seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox, rear wheel steer comes as standard. The Sport Chrono Package, with driving mode switch and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) comes as standard here too. PASM Sports suspension with PDCC lowers the car by 20mm. The special edition accelerates from zero to 62mph in 3.6 seconds (with PDK) – exactly the same time as any second-generation 991 GTS.
Each Carrera 4 GTS British Legends Edition features a plaque on its rear quarter window bearing the signature of either Attwood, Bell or Tandy, the specification of the cars was a collaborative effort between Porsche and the three drivers. Aside from the decals down the flanks, corresponding numbers and badge on the B-pillar though come LED headlamps, satin black SportDesign mirrors, a SportDesign steering wheel, extended rear spoiler and a painted rear deck lid. Opening the door reveals illuminated sill guards with the same Union Jack motif from the exterior badges replicated. Carbon covers the interior almost in equal measure with Alcantara, which has been used to mimic the interior of competition cars, so say Porsche.
The normal GTS package has been complemented with Rhodium Silver stitching, there’s a red ’12 o’clock’ marker on the steering wheel, each relevant driver’s name appears embossed on the centre console lid too. Bucket seats were shunned by the drivers over the comfort and cosseted nature of 18-way electronically adjustable Adaptive Sports seats Plus. There are also carbon-style floor mats, first seen on the 918 Spyder. The British Legends Edition is available to order now, the Guards Red Attwood car costing £123,376, the Bell and Tandy cars are priced at £123,210. British Legends Edition 911s are not limited run Porsches.