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2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series: Going Upmarket Anew

The quick and easy facts about this car:

  • 3.8-liter twin-turbo flat-6
  • 607 horsepower
  • 553 lb-ft of torque at 2,250 - 4,000 rpm
  • 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds
  • 0-124 mph in 9.6 seconds
  • Top speed of 205 mph (329 kph)
  • Cost of $257,500 USD (259,992 EUR)
  • Limited to 500 units worldwide

In addition to its 27 horsepower boost, the Turbo S Exclusive is privy to material swaps on various body panels. Clad in matching Golden Yellow Metallic paint, its frunk lid, roof, side skirt, and rear air scoops are made from carbon fiber. As standard for its $50,000 premium (over the Turbo S), the Turbo S Exclusive includes 20" black center locking wheels, ceramic brake discs, active suspension management, dynamic chassis control, and the Sport Chrono package. In the cabin, Porsche upholstered the seats in two layers of perforated leather, stitched yellow threads for the trim pieces, and threw in golden stripes on the Alcantara roof liner to contrast the stripes on the outside. Perfect for the type of person that doesn't care about the extra cost for guacamole on their Chipotle burrito.

The 911 Turbo S Exclusive is built to launch Porsche's new brand 'Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur', previously known as Porsche Exclusive. The group is an in-house personalization and customization group for Porsche cars allowing customers to specialize their own range of vehicles to their taste. Interested clients feeling boastful can also order a titanium wristwatch sporting a black titanium carbide coating and a carbon weave backing to match the colors of the Turbo S Exclusive. If the client is rapacious enough, they can buy the $6,324 5-piece luggage set for peak traveling inconvenience. Oh the issues that wealth brings when there is a decision between being fashionable or using a functional carryon. In any case, the watch and the luggage set can be ordered to pickup at any Porsche dealership though the price of the timepiece is not yet announced. Expect it to be in the thousands.

Cars like this are a necessary evil for Porsche to maintain both its image and accounting book. The 911 Turbo S Exclusive is like a 3,500 lbs fashion accessory. All of the talks about hand-built this and craftsmanship that is talking about its aesthetics and --ahem-- exclusivity rather than its speed and performance. But thankfully this is but a facet of the Porsche brand, and it's clear the engineers that do care about the driving experience didn't spend much effort producing a quarter million dollar garage queen. They're most likely preoccupied with the GT3 RS instead - funded by cars like the 911 Turbo S Exclusive.