Porsche unveils the 911 Club Coupe
Porsche has announced a special edition 911 Club Coupe to mark the 60th anniversary of the Porsche club scene.
Representative of the 13 original Porsche drivers who founded the world's first Porsche Clubs in Germany, only 13 units will be built and they will be available exclusively to Porsche Club members. However, Porsche will keep one of the 911 Club Coupes for itself. Porsche Club members now total more than 181,000 members worldwide.
Members of the official Porsche Clubs worldwide (apart from China and India) will be able to register online for their right to be one of the 12 able to purchase the ultra-limited Club Coupe at around £120,000.
The 911 Club Coupe is based on the Carrera S and comes with an extensive optional equipment list including the SportDesign package which has a lower front splitter and ducktail rear spoiler and a specially upgraded interior with full espresso leather and tan stitching. Other highlights include exclusive "Brewster Green" paint, colour-matched 20-inch SportTechno wheels, special decorative trim with lettering individually created for each customer and illuminated door entry guards bearing the model designation and anniversary logo.
The most interesting addition to the Club Coupe though, is that it marks the debut of the 911 Carrera S Powerkit. It is given the option code X51 and pushes the power output to 424 bhp, up from 396 bhp. This is a staggering output for a ‘normal’ 911 – the 997 Gen 2 GT3 3.8 had the same sized engine and only 5 bhp more and that was a race-bred engine. We can expect the Powerkit to become available on regular 911s shortly, for an as yet undisclosed price.
The Porsche 911 Club Coupe makes its debut appearance in the Porsche Museum for the "60 years of the Porsche Club" special exhibition which includes a special 1973 vintage US version of the 911 T Coupe which was commissioned by the Porsche Club of America to be restored by Porsche Classic.
It may seem absurd to some people that some may want to enter into a draw to just be given the chance to buy a £120,000 car, but being 1 of 12 these will be the most limited of limited editions – unlike the plethora of Silver, Black, Sport etc editions of the 997. These will go to special collectors only, after all not everyone would be willing to pay the extra premium.
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