Porsche 911 Turbo S Too Slow For You? 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Turns Up The Wick

Timothy Cain
by Timothy Cain

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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  • MWebbRambler MWebbRambler on Jun 08, 2017

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

  • Shortest Circuit Shortest Circuit on Jun 09, 2017

    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?

    • Wumpus Wumpus on Jun 10, 2017

      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).

  • Geozinger Put in the veggie garden (Western Michigan, we still can get frost this late in the year) finished the remainder of the landscaping updates and hand washed both my beater Pontiac and the Town and Country! Going to the beach today...
  • Rochester I wouldn't obsess over the rate of change, it's happening whether we want it or not.
  • EBFlex At the summer property putting boats in the water, leveling boat lifts, cleaning the lots for summer, etc. Typical cabin stuff in the most beautiful place on the planet
  • Lou_BC I've I spent the past few days in what we refer to as "the lower mainland". I see Tesla's everywhere and virtually every other brand of EV. I was in downtown Vancouver along side a Rivian R1T. A Rivian R1S came off as side street and was following it. I saw one other R1S. 18% of new vehicles in BC are EV'S. It tends to match what I saw out my windshield. I only saw 2 fullsized pickups. One was a cool '91 3/4 ton regular cab. I ran across 2 Tacoma's. Not many Jeeps. There were plenty of Porches, Mercedes, and BMW's. I saw 2 Aston Martin DBX707's. It's been fun car watching other than the stress of driving in big city urban traffic. I'd rather dodge 146,000 pound 9 axle logging trucks on one lane roads.
  • IBx1 Never got the appeal of these; it looks like there was a Soviet mandate to create a car with two doors and a roof that could be configured in different ways.
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