You don't sell a million cars if you're not willing to work hard attracting customers, and Porsche is never one to shy away from creating new model variants to bring in new faces (and old faces that need the latest car). The all-new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive is positioned at bringing in buyers who want a little more turbo power mixed with a touch more luxury and "exclusivity." Available to the tune of 500 units, this special-edition Turbo S has a touch more power, quickness and style.
The new 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Coupe – the proper name the new car prefers strangers and work associates to use – debuts as the most powerful Turbo S ever, packing 598 hp and 553 lb-ft of 3.8-liter flat-six twin-turbo might. That torque figure is the same as the standard Turbo S, but power is up by 25 hp. All-wheel drive distributes output to all four corners.
The added power, coupled with the standard Sport Chrono package, puts 60 mph (96.5 km/h) within the Exclusive's grasp in 2.8 seconds and 124 mph (200 km/h) in 9.6 seconds. Top speed comes at 205 mph (330 km/h), and the active suspension management, dynamic chassis control and rear-axle steering ensure that the coupe is on point no matter what the pavement is doing below.
The Turbo S Exclusive (we're on an informal name basis now) doesn't pack its added power and performance quietly – it looks the part. The dazzling, exclusive Golden Yellow Metallic paint is a complete eye-catcher, and the carbon-weave stripes only serve to hold the eye longer. The black 20-in center-lock wheels have Golden Yellow Metallic highlights, and buyers can choose to shade the calipers of the ceramic-composite brake system matching black/yellow, too. The rear fascia has been redesigned, and "Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur" badges appear on the fenders.
The yellow-and-black color play continues inside but in reverse. Black dominates the upholstery and trim, including the perforated leather of the 18-way adjustable sport seats. Yellow double stripes climb the seats and roll down the Alcantara roof lining, and yellow thread stitches materials together. Carbon fiber trim features throughout, including on the door sill guards that play backdrop to the illuminated "Exclusive Series" designations. There's also a numbered plate on the passenger side.
For those that don't dig the whole bumblebee look, Porsche will also offer other color options.
Customers who find that they still have a few thousand dollars burning a hole in their pockets after dropping US$257,500 on one of the 500 Turbo S Exclusive cars will be able to add a titanium Porsche Design Chronograph 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, structured and painted to match the car. Porsche does not have a final US price for the chronograph just yet, but it's charging close to €10,000 (US$11,200) in Germany, so it won't be a cheap car-chrono two-fer. Each customer will be able to order the watch to spec from the dealer at the time of car order.