Porsche 911 Turbo S Too Slow For You? 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Turns Up The Wick
Let’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.
There 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.
Along 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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