By on June 8, 2017

2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Exclusive Series - Image: PorscheLet’s stop beating around the bush. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is slow.

At first, the upgrade from a proletarian, 370-horsepower 911 to the 540-horsepower 911 Turbo sounds momentous. But, pfft. Puh-leeze.

The 911 Turbo S should therefore be the answer. 570 horsepower. Nought to 60 in 2.9 seconds. 205 miles per hour.

But I remain unimpressed. You remain indifferent. The Porsche 911 Turbo S is found wanting.

Porsche recognizes this. Porsche has heard our demanding cries for a genuinely fast car. This is the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. It is very exclusive, very expensive, and finally, the 911 Turbo S is sufficiently quick.

Limited to 500 units globally, the new Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series won’t arrive in customer driveways until the fourth-quarter of 2017.Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series - Image: PorscheThere are only 27 additional horsepower produced by the 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-six, enough to drop the 0-60 time by a tenth of a second, according to Porsche.

27 additional horses, on their own, surely can’t add $67,000 to the price of a Turbo S, can they?

The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, Porsche says, “is distinct from the standard 911 Turbo S due to its unique design, higher-quality materials, and luxurious details.”

The Exclusive Series emanates from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, a branch formerly known as Porsche Exclusive. Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, “specializes in tailoring to customer wishes,” so the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series buyer won’t be forced into choosing this particular shade of Golden Yellow Metallic, a color which also appears on the brake caliper logos, wheels, seat stitching and roof lining.2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series interior - Image: PorscheAlong with the horsepower increase and the Exclusive Series’ roots at Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the price is further “justified” by a special body kit.

But the real reason Porsche buyers will pony up $257,500 for only 27 additional ponies is obvious: this is maximum 911. The 911 with the mostest. The supreme leader of 911s.

Don’t even bother mentioning that a Macan GTS and a regular 911 Turbo S could be had for roughly the same price.

A Macan is merely a crossover for the bourgeoisie. And compared with the Exclusive Series, Porsche’s 911 Turbo S is positively basic.

Timothy Cain is a contributing analyst at The Truth About Cars and Autofocus.ca and the founder and former editor of GoodCarBadCar.net. Follow on Twitter @timcaincars.

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19 Comments on “Porsche 911 Turbo S Too Slow For You? 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Turns Up The Wick...”


  • avatar
    stingray65

    I love fast cars, but the thrill is gone for me when hearing about cars like this. 2.8 seconds to 60 and 205 top speed is no doubt an outstanding engineering achievement, but there are so many other cars today that do numbers that are very similar so it just doesn’t seem very special any more. Once a car gets under 5 seconds to 60 I can’t imagine ever needing more speed than that, and I wonder how many of these super cars ever see even 50% of their capability used during their lives.

  • avatar
    pprj

    And the irony is that the real fun is in the standard “base” 911 Carrera. If we can call any 911 “base”.

  • avatar
    Cactuar

    Porsche 911 Padded Margins edition

  • avatar
    Prove Your Humanity 2+9=?

    What’s actually being sold here is the perceived exclusivity in the mind of the buyer, a person who wants to showcase their wealth and superiority. The tenth of a second doesn’t really matter, it’s not even perceptible, and the drag race to 60 MPH with a standard 911 Turbo S will only occur in the owner’s imagination.
    In the animal world, it means the peacock has ever-so-slightly longer and shinier feathers.

  • avatar
    chuckrs

    Perfect for a gentleman to drive to the yacht club for his weekend one hour foray on his Donzi. Virtue signaling is a thing; this is more like vice signaling. NTTIAWWT.

  • avatar
    srh

    This is why I’m glad I can’t afford cars like this.

    Imagine the disappointment of scrimping and saving, finally getting together the $10M nest-egg that you’d need to justify the 911 Turbo S. The best. The pinnacle. The ne plus ultra.

    And then this comes along and suddenly, though the difference is only 27powers, that 911 Turbo S suddenly feels ne plus meh with interior materials that, while nice, are obviously Porsche’s second best effort. Probably assembled by interns.

  • avatar
    John R

    I wonder if McLaren’s latest offerings are what’s driving this.

    The 570S and the 570GT are deliberately designed to compete with the 911 and then Porsche doesn’t really have anything that competes with the 650S, now 720S.

    What’s more there’s upward pressure from below. $100,000 GT-R’s and Z06’s, I’m sure, are aggravating for merely existing. Hell, a $60,000 Camaro ZL1 looks to be irritating.

    I feel like this exercise is for prospective 911 Turbo S customers who could afford to otherwise own a McLaren 720S or maybe a, well tailored, but overpriced Aston.

    • 0 avatar
      hubcap

      “I feel like this exercise is for prospective 911 Turbo S customers who could afford to otherwise own a McLaren 720S or maybe a, well tailored, but overpriced Aston.”

      Could be, but it’s limited to 500 units globally so I dunno. I feel it’s a way for Porsche to make more money for not a lot of effort. Kinda like the 911R and GT4.

      Of course, I can’t speak for others, but for the cash I’d rather have a Ferrari, Lambo, or McLaren. In fact, instead of a new Turbo S, I’d see how much 458 Italia I could buy. A 911 just doesn’t cut it as an exotic. Nice car, but when compared to the others, it’s missing some joie de vivre.

      There was talk a few years back of Porsche building a car in the 488/Huracon price range that would be a bit more exotic. I wonder if that’s still a go?

      • 0 avatar
        Drew8MR

        The great thing about the Turbo is that no one will pay the slightest attention to you in traffic. And you will still suck your balls up into your body cavity when you stand on it. I come from fast bikes, dragsters and cropdusters and when I finally got to drive a new Turbo I was shocked how hard it pulled. If I wanted exotic it’s a classic for me every time.

      • 0 avatar
        RHD

        “How many of these do you think we could sell, Dieter?”
        “I dunno, Hans, at this price… worldwide… maybe six or seven hundred in a year.”
        “Let’s limit production to 500, then, and we can call it a smashing success when they sell out!”

  • avatar
    hubcap

    Didn’t Porsche management state that they wanted to drive the speculators out?

    When is the purge supposed to begin because just about everything they’ve done in recent years encourages that behavior and this is no different.

    Also, for me, when you get to the mid 200,000 mark, there are much more interesting options.

  • avatar

    It looks like it’s wearing the same paint and similar wheels as the VW Beetle Dune: http://www.vw.com/models/2016-beetle-dune

  • avatar
    Shortest Circuit

    Didn’t Porsche say just last week they won’t be doing these restricted runs where basically 75% of they buyers just stick the car afterwards in an airlock? Am I missing something?

    • 0 avatar
      wumpus

      Because they came to their senses and realized that such a car only begins to make sense on a racetrack, where it can easily be passed by a much cheaper single-seat car that never tried to be street-legal.

      Everyone wants to be like Bill Gates and have the Porsche of their dreams appreciate faster than MSFT during the 1980s (although he drove his 959 at least for the year it was legal, and knowing his great respect for the law certainly more).


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