The next best thing to a GT2 RS.
When Porsche introduced the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series earlier this month, it only showed the Golden Yellow Metallic version and said the special edition will also be offered in a “range of other carefully selected exterior colours.” Now, the Stuttgart-based marque has dropped new images and in one of them we get to see the gold car flanked by a gray & white duo — with all three sharing a pair of carbon strips applied onto the front hood and roof.
There are more carbon fibre accents applied all over the body to make the Exclusive Series live up to its name and set it apart from the “standard” Turbo S. Only 500 units will ever be made and all of them will feature a special plaque mounted on the passenger’s side to reflect its limited availability. Inside the cabin there are 18-way adjustable seats with stitching colour-coordinated with the car’s body. Needless to say, the interior gets a carbon fibre trim as well.
There’s more to the new Turbo S version than its special finish as Porsche’s engineers have fiddled with the flat-six 3.8-litre biturbo engine to extract an additional 27 horsepower for a grand total of 607 hp. Torque has remained the same at 553 pound-feet available on the Turbo S fitted with the optional Sport Chrono Package.
While it’s no GT2 RS, this is the most powerful and fastest Turbo S ever made. It rockets to 100 kilometres per hour from a standstill in 2.9 seconds, and needs 9.6 seconds to cover the 0-200 km/h task en route to a maximum velocity of 330 km/h. The sprint to 100 km/h and the top speed figures mirror those of the regular Turbo S, while the 0-200 km/h task is accomplished 0.3 seconds quicker.
Priced at €259,992 (approx. $385,000 CAD) in Germany, the new temporary range topper in the 911 lineup is a whopping €54,000 (approx. $80,000 CAD) more expensive than the regular Turbo S. You can actually spend more than that as even at this steep price tag, there are still some optional goodies available: a matching watch for a cool €9,950 (approx. $15,000 CAD) and a bespoke luggage set for €5,474 (approx. $8,000 CAD).
Even with all the possible optional goodies added, the Exclusive Series is likely a lot more affordable (if we can say that…) than the hotly anticipated 911 GT2 RS.