If there’s one thing the Martini brand is famous for, besides its wide range of vermouths, that would have to be sponsoring several Porsche race cars in the golden era of motorsport. The 917 , the 911 RSR, the 935 and the 936 are only a few of the cars that have won important racing events, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans , while wearing the distinctive dark/light blue and red livery.
The Porsche-Martini partnership ended rather abruptly in the late 1970s, but the two companies tied the knot once again in 2013, when a Martini-liveried 911 GT3 raced in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Now, with the 24 Hours of Le Mans right around the corner, a new Martini-striped vehicle is about to leave Stuttgart - the 911 Carrera S Martini Racing Edition.
Sure, it’s a bit disappointing that no Martini-liveried Porsche 919 Hybrid will hit the Le Mans track this year, but the 911 S Martini Racing Edition is more than just a pinstriped sports car. To begin with, it’s crafted by Porsche Exclusive , the customizing division responsible for a bevy of unique-looking Porsche products. Then there’s the extra amount of standard features that come with it, otherwise not available in the regular 911 S, and production numbers limited to just 80 units.
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Porsche 911 Carrera S "Martini Racing Edition" in detail
The colors buyers can order the Martini Racing Edition 911 in are limited to either white or black. But the familiar Martini stripes won’t be the only extra visuals adorning the sports car. The 911 S also comes with a sportier front apron with spoiler lip and a fixed rear wing, both borrowed from the Aerokit Cup. Once inside, buyers will further notice the exclusivity of the car by the stainless-steel door sills with red-illuminated badging, black or white dashboard accents, a "Martini Racing Edition" badge, and a sports steering wheel.
Moving on to optional goodies that become standard on this special edition, customers will benefit from the Sport Chrono package, which brings sports-oriented adjustments to the suspension, the engine, and the gearbox, and the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module. Furthermore, the Martini-liveried 911 S is also fitted with a Bose sound system, a black gauge dial for the tachometer and full-electric sports seats wrapped in black leather.
What doesn’t change is the vehicle’s powertrain configuration. In the rear of the 911 S Martini Racing Edition lies the same 3.8-liter, flat-six engine motivating the standard 911 S, which means the PDK gearbox will send 400 horsepower to the wheels. The oomph enables the sports car to hit 60 mph from a standing start in 4.1 seconds. Fast enough, don’t you think?
As exciting as the 911 S Martini Racing Edition may sound, there’s some bad news coming from the availability department. None of the 80 units scheduled to exit the assembly line will make it to the United States. Only select markets in Europe, China, Japan, and Latin America are set to receive the special-edition model. Awkwardly enough, not even Germany is on the list, although Porsche’s home market will benefit from an aftermarket Martini decal set via Porsche Tequipment.
Porsche Exclusive is issuing the "Martini Racing Edition" of the 911 Carrera S to coincide with this year’s 24 hours of Le Mans race. Marking the return of Porsche to endurance motorsport is a limited edition 911 in traditional Martini racing design, which reflects the styling of Porsche race cars of the 1970s. The 911 Carrera S pays tribute to the successes of the legendary Porsche Le Mans race cars such as the 917 and the 935 “Moby Dick”. The special edition is limited to 80 units and will be exclusively sold in select markets of Europe, in China, Japan and in Latin America. For select 911 models, Porsche Tequipment will be selling the exclusive Martini decal set as an aftermarket kit in Germany and other markets.
The "Martini Racing Edition" of the 911 Carrera S is available in the monochrome body colours white and black. The boot lid, roof section, rear wing and vehicle’s sides are accentuated by the "Martini Racing Design" decor set with the characteristic blue-red Martini colour pattern. The special front apron of the Aerokit Cup has an optimised spoiler lip which gives the vehicle an even more distinctive appearance. The aerodynamic counterpart is the fixed rear spoiler of the Aerokit Cup, which rounds out the car’s sporty look.
When entering the car, the stainless steel door sill panels with the red illuminated "911 Carrera S – Martini Racing Edition" badge already identify this car as an exclusive limited edition. The interior package includes dashboard accents in body colour with the "Martini Racing Edition" badge. The Martini Porsche also has a sport design steering wheel and the Sport Chrono package as standard. The extensive standard equipment is complemented by such features as Porsche Communication Management (PCM) with navigation module, a Bose sound system, tachometer with black gauge dial and all-electric sport seats in black leather.
The heart that beats in the Martini Porsche is a 3.8-litre flat six-cylinder engine with 400 hp. This 911 matches the level of dynamic performance of the regular 911 Carrera S: The car accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds with a PDK gearbox and activated Sport Plus button. Its combined fuel consumption, on the other hand, is familiarly moderate at 8.7 litres per 100 km (CO2 emissions: 202 g/km).
Starting in June 2014, the Porsche 911 Carrera S “Martini Racing Edition” will launch in the European markets of Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Finland and Great Britain. Starting in August 2014, the special edition will also be available in China, and from October 2014 in Japan and in Latin America.