$1.1M 911

Porsche gives its 911 Turbo S a Mi­das touch and a mil­lion-dol­lar price tag in Sin­ga­pore.

Torque (Singapore) - - DRIVE - STORY DR AN­DRE LAM LO­CA­TION STUTTGART, GER­MANY

OOVER the years, the Porsche Ex­clu­sive depart­ment has cre­ated limited-edi­tion mod­els like the 1993 911 Turbo slant-nose, the 2009 911 Sport Clas­sic and the 2011 911 Speed­ster, among many oth­ers. Most of th­ese “ex­clu­sive” Porsches did not end up as main­stream mod­els, but one did – the 911 Turbo S in 2003. The depart­ment has now been re­branded as Porsche Ex­clu­sive Man­u­fak­tur and the first model to be in­tro­duced un­der the new name is the 911 Turbo S Ex­clu­sive Se­ries. Com­pared to the stan­dard 911 Turbo S, the Ex­clu­sive Se­ries gets an ex­tra 27hp lift from 580hp to 607hp and its torque rises from 700Nm to 750Nm. Higher boost pres­sure and model-spe­cific en­gine con­trol are re­spon­si­ble for the in­creased out­put.

Like the 911 Turbo S, it clocks a 2.9-sec­ond cen­tury sprint. But it is 0.3 of a sec­ond quicker to 200km/h, ac­com­plish­ing the dash in 9.6 se­conds. Top speed re­mains at 330km/h.

The car’s bon­net, fend­ers, wing mir­rors, air-in­take scoop, rear wing and roof, along with the front and rear spoil­ers, are made of car­bon fi­bre.

As tested here, it wears a sig­na­ture Golden Yel­low Metal­lic paint job with stripes of ex­posed car­bon fi­bre wo­ven in a glossy fin­ish. Then, there are the “Porsche Ex­clu­sive Man­u­fak­tur” plaques on the front wings as well as on the side skirts.

In­side the cabin, there is the usual choice of leather or Al­can­tara, with dec­o­ra­tive stitch­ing. Hard sur­faces such as the dash­board cap­pings and sur­rounds can be in metal­lic, pi­ano black or car­bon fi­bre fin­ish.

And as if there isn’t enough bling, Porsche has ap­plied

THIS PORSCHE 911 IS AN OF­FI­CIAL LIM­IT­EDEDI­TION MODEL WITH A PRO­DUC­TION RUN OF JUST 500 UNITS.

gold-coloured metal­lic thread, which is wo­ven into all the car­bon el­e­ments. There are many other ways to cus­tomise the in­te­rior, in­clud­ing hav­ing spe­cial graph­ics within the in­stru­ment clus­ter. There is even a per­son­alised chrono­graph watch by Porsche De­sign to go with the car.

As the chas­sis is taken whole­sale from the 911 Turbo S, the drive ex­pe­ri­ence is as ex­pected – fab­u­lous. The rock-steady way in which the 911 Turbo S Ex­clu­sive Se­ries swal­lows huge dis­tances is un­ri­valled. It read­ily cruises at 200km/h as if it were trav­el­ling at half that speed.

Its all-wheel-drive sys­tem is a real boon in in­clement weather, mak­ing the Porsche a true ev­ery­day su­per­car and not just a fair-weather toy.

All the car­bon fi­bre bits prob­a­bly lower the car’s weight, but Porsche’s main goal is not to set a new record at Nur­bur­gring with this num­ber. Rather, the ex­er­cise is to cre­ate a unique 911.

At well over $1 mil­lion in Sin­ga­pore, this car might make you won­der if you could cus­tomise a 911 Turbo S your­self. Of course you could, but you might end up spend­ing even more. Also, you would not be­long to an ex­clu­sive “club”, since the 911 Turbo S Ex­clu­sive Se­ries is an of­fi­cial limited-edi­tion model with a pro­duc­tion run of just 500 units, each com­plete with its own se­rial num­ber and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Be­spoke dec­o­ra­tion and great, Ger­man at­ten­tion to de­tail dis­tin­guish this cock­pit from that of other 911 Tur­bos.

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