Porsche does a lot of things well, but there’s one area where the company does it better than anywhere else: special and commemorative cars. Ladies and gentlemen, join hands for the company’s latest product, the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition. The name may be mouthwatering, but the only thing you need to know is the last two words: American version.
That’s right, this is an excellent variant of our 992-generation Porsche 911. It commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356 American Roadster, which debuted in 1952 – the 40th anniversary of the original 356 car built to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 964th American Roadster.
The US version comes in only one color: Azure Blue 356, which is a modernized version of the original blue of the first 356 America. Those interested will notice a white stripe along the side of the car, with a smaller red stripe in the middle. Basically, they painted the Porsche red, white and blue. Appropriately.
At first, the wheels look white. You see, they actually come in three different finishes, which should make them stand out on the 356 and land on the 356. Neato’s silver wheels.
In addition, the windshield profile is painted black to give the convertible a sleeker look – convincing the eye that the body is as slim and sleek as the 356.
Inside, the twinkling star pattern continues. The interior is basic black, but decorated in various shades of red, white and blue. Well, technically it’s not white. The company tells us that the color is actually pebble gray, as white would stand out. It’s all about ingenuity, which America is known for.
On the outside, the decals also have a bit of color. “911 Carrera” is written in white and “GTS” is written in red.
There are few details throughout the cabin—white tachometers, redshift patterns, and twisted stitching are just a few of them. Porsche says it wants U.S. buyers to continue to focus on the new design aspect because they own the car and love it. Interestingly, the unnumbered badge indicates where your example is in the limited edition. However, the word “America” is written on the center console in traditional Porsche letters.
1952, 1992 and 2022 are also written on the door sill to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the American sports car. The ignition switch matches the exterior color of the car.
Essentially, the U.S. version is a 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo engine that makes 473 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque, the same as the non-U.S. version.
That power is routed through a mandatory seven-speed manual transmission. You read that right: you can’t get the American version with the PDK automatic dual clutch. Porsche said the decision was based on the enthusiastic preference of U.S. 911 buyers for manual transmissions.
PASM is also available as standard equipment. As well as a sports exhaust and Sport Chrono Pack. Porsche is Porsche, and there are still options. You have to pay for rear axle steering and carbon-ceramic brakes.
You also have to pay for the extended in-package. According to the Stuttgart folks, this package provides all the interior details you see. This includes Guards Red 12 o’clock markings on the steering wheel and Guards Red cross-stitch on the inside edge of the steering wheel. It also adds two-tone stitching to the transmission and a gear pattern to the handlebars in Guards Red.
In addition, the vehicle expected With extended inner packaging Sport seats plus Guards Red and Pebble Grey, Guards Red with ‘911’ stitching on the headrests and tonal leather backrest release loops.you also get the rug Guards Red and Pebble Grey feature the same two-tone stitching. Finally, the car keys are painted in Azure Blue 356 to match the vehicle, and a leather key ring with two-tone stitching and “America” engraving completes the package.
So if you really want your American Edition to stand out, you’re better off opting for the Extended Interior Package. It will cost you, however, how much did you pay for a limited edition Porsche?
As for cost, the US version has an MSRP of $186,370 (including $1,450 at destination). That means the US version is $36,000 more than the base GTS Cabriolet.
You can expect dealers to pick up the cars in late 2022, and while it hasn’t been talked about yet, Porsche hopes to sell them soon. A total of 115 models will be produced – 100 in the US and 15 in Canada.