2023 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition

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Porsche does many things well, but one area where the company does better than anyone else is this: special and memorable versions of cars. Ladies and gentlemen, join hands for the company’s latest offering, the 2023 Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition. That name may be a mouthful, but the only words you need to know are the last two: America Edition.

That’s right, this is our own star variant of the 992-generation Porsche 911. It was built to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Porsche 356 America Roadster that debuted back in 1952 – and as an extension of the 30th anniversary of the 964 America Roadster, even built for to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original 356.

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America Edition comes in only one color: Azure Blue 356, a modern version of the original blue of the first 356 America. Those with a good eye will notice the white stripe along the sides of the car with an even smaller red stripe in the middle. Basically, they painted a Porsche red, white and blue. Appropriate enough.

To begin with, the wheels appear to be simple white. Take a closer look: they actually have three different finishes on them, meant to make them bounce and reflect back to the silver wheels of the 356. Neato.

On top of that, the windshield is painted black to give this Cabrio a slimmer look – which tricks the eye into thinking that the structure is thin and sleek, like the 356.

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Inside, the star-studded motif continues. The interior has a black base color, but is decorated with all kinds of red, white and blue accents. Well, technically it is not white. The company told us that the color is actually Pebble Gray, because white would stand out too much. It’s about subtlety, something the United States is known for.

On the back, the marks also have a little color on them. “911 Carrera” is written in white and “GTS” is written in Guards Red.

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Small details are found throughout the interior – a white tachometer and red shift pattern and deviating seams are just a few. Porsche says that they want buyers of America Edition to continue to notice new design aspects while owning and liking the car. Oddly enough, there is no numbered mark indicating where your sample is in the limited edition. However, the word “America” ​​is spelled on the center console with traditional Porsche letters

The doorsteps have also the years 1952, 1992 and 2022 written on them to commemorate 70 years with America Roadsters. And the ignition key is color-matched to the car’s exterior.

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At its core, the America Edition is a 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, with a two-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat six that delivers 473 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, the same as the non-US version.

That power is transmitted through a mandatory seven-speed manual transmission. You read that right: You can not get America Edition with a PDK dual-clutch machine. Porsche says the decision was made based on the enthusiastic preference for manual transmissions among US 911 buyers.

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PASM also comes as standard equipment. The same goes for a sports exhaust and Sport Chrono Pack. Porsche is Porsche, there are still alternatives. You have to pay for rear axle steering and carbon ceramic brakes.

You also have to pay for the “extended interior package.” According to the people of Stuttgart, that package gives you all the beauty of the interior you see. It includes things like the 12 o’clock mark in Guards Red on the steering wheel and Guards Red cross stitch on the inside of the wheel. It also adds two-tone stitching to the gear boot and adds a gear pattern to the manual lever in Guards Red.

In addition, vehicles specified with the extended interior package Sport Seats Plus with double stitching in Guards Red and Pebble Gray with “911” stitching on the headrests in Guards Red and release loops for the backrest in leather in the same color. The floor mats also get same two-tone nails in Guards Red and Pebble Gray. Finally, the vehicle key is painted in Azure Blue 356 to match the car, and a leather keychain with two-tone stitching and “America” ​​embossing completes the package.

So if you really want to make your America Edition special, you should choose the extended interior package. It will cost you, but hey, what’s the money when you buy a limited edition Porsche?

In terms of price, the MSRP for America Edition is $ 186,370 (including $ 1,450 for destination). That means the America Edition has a premium of around $ 36,000 compared to the base GTS Cabriolet.

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You can expect dealers to get the vehicles by the end of 2022, and although they are not in the pipeline yet, Porsche expects them to sell out fairly quickly. A total of 115 examples will be produced – 100 for the United States and 15 for Canada.