Porsche gives its 911 Turbo S a Midas touch and a million-dollar price tag in Singapore.
STORY DR ANDRE LAM
LOCATION STUTTGART, GERMANY
OVER the years, the Porsche Exclusive department has created limited-edition models like the 1993 911 Turbo slant-nose, the 2009 911 Sport Classic and the 2011 911 Speedster, among many others. Most of these “exclusive” Porsches did not end up as mainstream models, but one did – the 911 Turbo S in 2003.
The department has now been rebranded as Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur and the first model to be introduced under the new name is the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
Compared to the standard 911 Turbo S, the Exclusive Series gets an extra 27hp lift from 580hp to 607hp and its torque rises from 700Nm to 750Nm. Higher boost pressure and model-specific engine control are responsible for the increased output.
Like the 911 Turbo S, it clocks a 2.9-second century sprint. But it is 0.3 of a second quicker to 200km/h, accomplishing the dash in 9.6 seconds. Top speed remains at 330km/h.
The car’s bonnet, fenders, wing mirrors, air-intake scoop, rear wing and roof, along with the front and rear spoilers, are made of carbon fibre.
As tested here, it wears a signature Golden Yellow Metallic paint job with stripes of exposed carbon fibre woven in a glossy finish.
Then, there are the “Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur” plaques on the front wings as well as on the side skirts.
Inside the cabin, there is the usual choice of leather or Alcantara, with decorative stitching. Hard surfaces such as the dashboard cappings and surrounds can be in metallic, piano black or carbon fibre finish.
And as if there isn’t enough bling, Porsche has applied gold-coloured metallic thread, which is woven into all the carbon elements.
There are many other ways to customise the interior, including having special graphics within the instrument cluster. There is even a personalised chronograph watch by Porsche Design to go with the car.
As the chassis is taken wholesale from the 911 Turbo S, the drive experience is as expected – fabulous. The rock-steady way in which the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series swallows huge distances is unrivalled. It readily cruises at 200km/h as if it were travelling at half that speed.
Its all-wheel-drive system is a real boon in inclement weather, making the Porsche a true everyday supercar and not just a fair-weather toy.
All the carbon fibre bits probably lower the car’s weight, but Porsche’s main goal is not to set a new record at Nurburgring with this number. Rather, the exercise is to create a unique 911.
At well over $1 million in Singapore, this car might make you wonder if you could customise a 911 Turbo S yourself. Of course you could, but you might end up spending even more.
Also, you would not belong to an exclusive “club”, since the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series is an official limited-edition model with a production run of just 500 units, each complete with its own serial number and certification.
"THIS PORSCHE 911 IS AN OFFICIAL LIMITEDEDITION MODEL WITH A PRODUCTION RUN OF JUST 500 UNITS."
Bespoke decoration and great, German attention to detail distinguish this cockpit from that of other 911 Turbos.
ENGINE 3800cc, 24-valves, flat-6, turbocharge
MAX POWER 607hp at 6750rpm
MAX TORQUE 750Nm at 2250-4000rpm
POWER TO WEIGHT 379.4hp per tonne
GEARBOX 7-speed dual-clutch with manual select
0-100KM/H 2.9 seconds
TOP SPEED 330km/h
CO2 EMISSION 212g/km
PRICE EXCL. COE $1,108,888 (after $10k VES surcharge)