With the new 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition, Porsche celebrates its first outdoor sports car designed specifically for North America.
When can we talk about tradition? Porsche uses the term for a line of open-top sports cars that, although long established, are short and rarely continued. It began 70 years ago: in 1952 Porsche launched the 356 America Roadster – at the request of the legendary car importer Max Hoffman – its first open sports car specially designed for the North American market; only 16 copies were made. 40 years later another America Roadster arrived on the market. This time based on the 964 Carrera 2 Convertible, but with wider body and brakes, chassis and 17-inch cup wheels from the Porsche Turbo of the time. In fact, a few more copies were probably built than the alleged 250.
Now another 30 years have passed and Porsche is launching the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet in America Edition in the tradition of the two aforementioned models. The special paint job of the special model comes from the Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, it is called “Azurblau356” and is inspired by the coloring of the historic model from 1952. Incidentally, that belonged to the 1953 model year, just like the reinterpretation is a representative of the 911 of 2023 – no other Porsche of this model year can wear this color.
The circles have multiple colors
The RS Spyder design wheels, which measure 20 inches at the front and 21 inches at the rear, have white spokes on the inside and silver on the outside and have Indian Red stripes along the rim edge. “America” is decorated on the doors in white letters with matching red accents. Other special features are the black painted windshield frame – a novelty for the 911 Cabriolet – and a differently colored model emblem on the rear: while the “911 Carrera” is white, the “GTS” supplement is red.
The color scheme continues inside, including along the upper dashboard panel and door sills. Corresponds to basically black skin. The armrest of the center console has two-tone embroidery in the red and pebble gray protections, the leather is embossed with the words “America”. Illuminated door sill guards are also standard equipment: they commemorate the 70th birthday of the 356 America Roadster. An extended interior package, available for a fee, provides additional color accents in red and white, including the seats, instrument dials and seat belts, as well as the steering wheel – including the twelve o’clock mark – and the gear knob. If desired, the key will also have the car’s color scheme.
With rear-wheel drive and manual gearbox
Porsche offers the America Edition of the 911 Cabriolet exclusively with a seven-speed manual gearbox. As is customary on the Carrera GTS, the 3.0-liter twin-turbo six-cylinder flat engine delivers 480 hp and sends a maximum of 570 Newton meters to the rear wheels. The PASM chassis is installed as standard, as is the sports time trial package and the sports exhaust system. The steering rear axle and the braking system in ceramic composite material, on the other hand, are subject to charges.
The 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America of the 2023 limited model year is expected to arrive in US Porsche dealerships at the end of 2022. The series is limited to just 115 cars – 100 for the US and the rest for Canada. A copy costs at least $ 186,370, which currently equates to a whopping 177,000 euros. To make a comparison: in the USA a normal 911 Carrera GTS Cabrio costs 149,500 dollars (about 142,000 euros), in Germany 158,355 euros.
No, I put my gear together myself!
Yes, the price advantage is often high!
With this special model, Porsche is likely to open its doors to its North American customers. The fact that the overcharge is objectively very high in view of the offer should not matter to them, as long as they increase their collection. And that a juicy and immediate increase in value is included in the price should come as no surprise.