Porsche knows a thing or two about going fast. Just like many race car drivers. Yet few of them know how to coax a car into podium-winning finishes like Jacky Ickx.
If you’re unfamiliar with the testosterone-filled world of motorsport, Jacques Bernard “Jacky” Ickx is a six-time Le Manswinner, with four of those victories coming in Porsche colours between 1976 and 1982. The Belgian former racing driver has also had 25 podium finishes in Formula One, and scored big at the Can-Am Championship in 1979.
This makes him very popular man not only in his hometown of Brussels, but also with the boys at the Stuttgart office. To celebrate his 75th birthday, Porsche’s‘Exclusive Manufaktur’ division has teamed up with Belgian importer D’Ieteren to honour him with the 911 Carrera 4S ‘Belgian Legend Edition’, which also happens to be the first ever special edition of the latest 992-gen Porsche 911.
Rendered in a striking shade of midnight blue in honour of Ickx’s penchant for donning a blue and white helmet during his heydays, the Legend Edition will no doubt bring tears to the eyes of motorsport fans, specifically those from Belgium because all 75 examples of this 911 will only be available for sale in his homeland.
The exclusive shade of dark blue — titled “X Blue” — even makes its way onto the 20- and 21-inch alloy wheels, which are finished with white laser engraved accents.
Special edition badgesare also plastered liberally within to remind of his legacy. This is done mainly via his signature, which you’ll find in impossible-to-miss places such as the driver’s-side B-pillar, the central armrest, and the key fob.
Otherwise, the autograph-book-on-wheels is kept fairly minimal inside. The black leather interior is paired with Pebble Grey “X” stitching and a Belgian Legend Edition carbon-fibre sill guard.
Under the bonnet, no changes have been made to the twin-turbo flat-six engine, which has already come to be known for being a worthy descendent of the famed 911 family. Paired with an eight-speed PDK, expect its 444hp and 530Nm to blast you from 0-100kph in 3.6 seconds (this is just Porsche being modest), and onto a top speed of 306kph.