It’s been another banner year for the Porsche 911 as it continues to uphold its reputation as the company’s most popular and most iconic model. This year, Porsche seeks to add to the growing legend of the 911 by giving customers in the UK a special treat, the special-edition 911 Turbo S that’s been christened the Exclusive GB Edition.
These are the kind of special edition models that leave a mark on a lot of people. One big reason for that is because it’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. Another reason is because it’s limited to just one market. But the most important reason is that there are only 40 models available.
The number 40 wasn’t just a random choice, rather is an important number for the 911 because 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the model. If Porsche intended the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition to be a celebratory "thank you" to its British customers, then those folks are a lucky bunch.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is only available in the UK, if that wasn’t clear enough. That’s tough beans for us here in the US. Here’s the catch, though. This exclusive limited edition model costs £150,237, which is about $257,400 based on current exchange rates.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition.
The exterior of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition doesn't carry a lot of aesthetic additions, other than the black-finished exterior door handles, SportDesign wing mirrors, a 'Porsche" script that runs along the side sills...
The exterior of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition doesn’t carry a lot of aesthetic additions, other than the black-finished exterior door handles, SportDesign wing mirrors, a ’Porsche" script that runs along the side sills, and a choice of three colors, including GT Silver Metallic, White, and Guards Red. Also included is a black upper spoiler on the rear and a new set of black Sport Classic wheels.
It’s an admittedly subdued exterior that’s not what we would’ve expected for a special-edition 911 Turbo S. Thankfully, the interior upgrades more than make up for it.
Step inside the cabin and the first thing that'll greet you is the black leather trim that's contrasted y Guards Red stitching.
If you can get past the lack of shiny new additions to the exterior of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition, you should find the interior a little more to your liking.
Step inside the cabin and the first thing that’ll greet you is the black leather trim that’s contrasted by Guards Red stitching. That immediately sets the tone for the interior treatment. The same Guards Red stitching can be found on the SportDesign steering wheel, the seat belts, and the bespoke floor mats, further establishing a look that’s in line with one of Porsche’s most unique color offerings.
Carbon fiber is another material used extensively on the interior, making appearances on the PDK gear lever and the chrome logo on the dash insert. Likewise, personalized carbon-fiber door sill guards with "911 Turbo S – Exclusive GB Edition" in illuminated lettering can be found when you open the door of the sports car, signifying the true special edition nature of this model.
Finally, the storage compartment lid was decorated with an embossed Union Jack flag to go along with an embossed Porsche crests on the head restraints. These two details further highlight the model’s exclusive tag, or at least justifying exactly why Porsche decided to make it a UK-exclusive model.
There aren't any performance upgrades, but Porsche isn't the type to go that extra mile when it comes to some of its special edition models.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is powered by a 3.8-liter, turbocharged, flat-six engine that produces a tidy 560 horsepower. With that kind of output, the special edition 911 Turbo S is capable of hitting 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds to go with an incredible top speed of 197 mph.
There aren’t any performance upgrades, but Porsche isn’t the type to go that extra mile when it comes to some of its special edition models. That being said, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition remains gorgeous and powerful, a must-score for any Porsche-loving Englishman across the Atlantic.
|Type||turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-six engine|
|0 to 62 mph||3.1 seconds|
|Top Speed||197 mph|
If you want to ride in style, you have to pay for that privilege. The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition qualifies as a showpiece purchase, which is why it comes with a price tag of £150,237. That’s about $257,400 based on the exchange rates on 715/2014.
Porsche is only releasing 40 units of this 911 Turbo S, making it that much more difficult to buy. It’s available for order as of 7/15/2014, so if any of our UK friends are reading this, hurry up!
Those who buy one will also receive a personal photo book documenting the production process, a bespoke Exclusive GB Edition indoor car cover, and unique design sketches.
The Nissan GT-R is one of the few sports cars that can stare down the Porsche 911 Turbo S and live to tell about it.
Every year, Nissan brings something new to the table when it comes to Godzilla. The 2015 model is no different, thanks to changes made to the its suspension system. Other than that, its more of the same dose of awesomeness for the car with the coolest nickname in the business.
The 2015 GT-R is powered by a 3.8-liter, V-6 engine that produces 545 horsepower and 463 pound-feet of torque, allowing the car to hit 60 mph in just three seconds to go with a top speed of 196 mph.
Gallery Nissan GT-R
The Aston Martin Vantage V12 is a hell of sports car in its own right. Some people might even prefer this piece of British sexy over the 911 Turbo S, and who are we to argue?
The Vantage hasn’t changed its look all that much over the years, retaining that classy look that speaks to Aston Martin’s timeless aesthetic appeal.
The Vantage V12 comes with a 6.0-liter, V-12 engine that develops 510 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. That gives it the legs to hit 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds to go with a top speed of 190 mph. It’s not as fast as the 911 Turbo S or the GT-R, but it should still make for a compelling race.
Gallery Aston Martin Vantage
Unfortunately, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition isn’t making its way onto U.S. soil anytime soon. Luckily, 40 British customers will have the treat of owning one.
We’re trying not to get too envious here, but its hard not to because this is the 911 Turbo S we’re talking about. And a special-edition one at that.
The interior upgrades are top quality, despite being rather limited. Not that it matters anyways, as any special-edition 911 is likely to receive heaps of praise from us.
Maybe next time, Porsche will send over a U.S. Edition...
- Interior has that British flavor.
- Limited edition means it’ll be a hot item.
- It’s a Porsche 911 Turbo S. No more explanations needed.
- Nothing too exciting with the exterior.
- No power upgrades.
- Only available in the UK.
Over four decades, the reputation of the Porsche 911 Turbo as a technology showcase combining the virtues of a circuit race car with those of an everyday road car has consistently reached new heights. Since it first went on sale in 1974, the Porsche 911 Turbo has become revered by car enthusiasts and is renowned as a benchmark high performance sports coupé.
In 1986, Porsche became the world’s first car manufacturer to establish a specialist department at the factory dedicated to tailoring cars to bespoke requirements. Porsche Exclusive provides customers with a unique vehicle that meets all of their special wishes – in terms of both styling and performance. But besides offering custom manufacturing, Porsche Exclusive also builds extraordinary limited series cars.
With the unveiling of the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition, the enduring appeal of the rear-engined, turbocharged 911 and the tradition at Porsche of building cars for the individual are combined in a coupé that is both the pinnacle of the 911 range and also the height of individuality.
As the name suggests the new 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition is unique to the UK market and will be offered in a limited edition of 40, priced from £150,237. Available to order now, each car will be delivered together with a personal photo book documenting the production process, a bespoke Exclusive GB Edition indoor car cover and unique design sketches.
911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition
An all-wheel drive chassis with active rear axle steering, adaptive aerodynamics, full-LED headlights and a 560 hp flat six-cylinder twin-turbocharged engine emphatically underline the sporting character of the 911 Turbo S, on which the Exclusive GB Edition is based.
The Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) active anti-roll system further increases the handling capability. Aided by the Sport Chrono Package Plus incorporating dynamic engine mounts, and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB), the 911 Turbo S can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.1 seconds and on to a top speed of 197 mph. The benchmark lap time around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is 7 min 27 secs.
To this, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition adds unique features carefully chosen to build on the compelling dynamic attributes and iconic silhouette of the standard coupé. Taking their cue from subtle styling motifs of the original 911 Turbo ‘930’ from 1974, the limited edition stands out clearly as the ultimate – and most Exclusive – ‘Type 991’ 911.
In profile, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition shows a clear link to the first 911 Turbo – the black rear upper spoiler, Sport Classic wheels in black, black finished exterior door handles, and the black ‘Porsche’ script along the sills pay homage to its illustrious forebear. Inside, the black leather upholstery features Guards Red contrasting stitching and unique highlights include an embossed Union flag on the centre storage compartment lid.
Special features of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive GB Edition are:
- Choice of three exterior colours: GT Silver metallic, White, Guards Red
- Contrasting exterior features in high gloss black: 20-inch Sport Classic alloy wheels, upper part of rear spoiler, SportDesign wing mirrors, exterior door handles
- Porsche logo script in black along door sills
- Storage compartment lid with embossed Union flag
- SportDesign steering wheel with centre marking in Guards Red and rim with Guards Red stitching
- Black leather interior with Guards Red stitching
- Privacy glazing
- Porsche crest embossed on head restraints
- Seat belts in Guards Red
- Personalised carbon door sill guards with ‘911 Turbo S – Exclusive GB Edition’ in illuminated lettering
- Carbon interior trim, including PDK gear lever, with chrome logo on dash insert
- Bespoke floor mats with leather edging and decorative stitching in Guards Red
- Complementary accessories including personalised indoor car cover, a unique photo book and key pouch in leather with decorative Guards Red stitching