The new Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America edition
For the model year 2023, we’ll be seeing a very special version based on the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, a market-specific sports car with the “America” moniker, which will be available in so few numbers it will instantly become the rarest model in the entire 992 model range, and this is actually a heritage move back to a tradition that was started 70 years ago this year, back in 1952 Porsche offered an open top, enthusiast-focused sports car that was created uniquely for the North American market.
This new 2023 model has been revealed during the 2022 Porsche Parade in Poconos, Pa., taking the amazing base of the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, this new “America’ version comes with the well-known high-performance chassis and powertrain with an emphasis on its focus on driving pleasure this new special edition will only be available with a seven-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive, no automatic or all-wheel drive for this amazing new edition.
“Passion for driving a Porsche runs deep in the United States. In particular, there is something special about hitting the road in an open top 911 with a manual transmission that fits perfectly here,” said Kjell Gruner, President and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Inc. “This is also the perfect time to add another ‘America’ model to our story as we look back on 70 years since the 356 America Roadster and 30 years since the 964 America Roadster.”
The Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet is powered by the famous twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter boxer six-cylinder engine, with a total power output of a healthy 473 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque, the renowned Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport comes as standard and includes a 10mm lower ride height together with helper springs to the rear axle, for this ‘America’ version also the thundering Sport Exhaust and the Sport Chrono Package are added to the ‘standard’ features list, while options like the rear-axle steering and the Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) will add to the overall price. As standard, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America edition comes with cast-iron disk brakes, massive 408 mm (16 inch) in front with six-piston aluminum fixed calipers, and slightly smaller 380 mm (14.9 inch) rotors in the rear with four-piston fixed aluminum calipers finished in black.
This new special edition boasts aesthetic changes by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur, the first thing you’ll notice is the exterior color, called Azure Blue 356, inspired by the 1953 356 America Roadster, in this case, it becomes a Paint to Sample Plus, the color is revived and reserved for this special vehicle in the 2023 model year, you can’t order this on any other Porsche in 2023, a satin black windshield frame is finished in Satin Black and as a contrast, the beautiful RS Spyder Design Wheels are specially-finished with the interior portion of the spokes in white, the outermost flat surfaces in silver and a Guards Red pinstripe along the edge of the rim.
Opening the door will unveil an amazing interior, finished in black leather with cross-stitching in Guards Red while the surrounding stitching is done in Pebble Grey, this includes the upper dashboard and door panels, but this two-tone stitching in Guards Red and Pebble Grey continues on the center console armrest where “America” is embossed in the leather, while the door sill plates illuminate and commemorate the 70th anniversary of the 356 America Roadster, to match the stitching, the seat belts are finished in Guards Red while the tachometer and instrument cluster are done in white, the GT Sport steering wheel is also heated for additional comfort.
An optional extended interior package continues this theme with a 12 o’clock marking in Guards Red to the steering wheel and Guards Red cross stitching on the inside edge of the wheel. This package also adds two-tone stitching to the shift boot and adds a gear pattern on the manual lever in Guards Red. Sport Seats Plus with double stitching in Guards Red and Pebble Grey with “911” stitching on the headrests in Guards Red and the leather backrest release loops in the same color. The floor mats also gain the same two-tone stitching in Guards Red and Pebble Grey. Finally, the vehicle key is painted in Azure Blue 356 to match the car, and a leather key pouch with two-tone stitching and “America” embossment completes the package.
About the 356 America Roadster
Max Hoffman, the first importer of Porsche cars to the U.S., found early success among American customers with the 356 when he began selling them in 1950. Hoffman knew that a more affordable model would help him reach more customers, and he convinced Porsche to develop a special lightweight version specifically for the U.S. market: the 1953 356 America Roadster. With all but the bare essentials removed, the car used a 1,480 cc boxer four-cylinder engine generating 70 hp. That figure represented a significant jump from earlier models with a smaller engine making 40 hp. That barebones sports car quickly inspired the 356 Speedster, which used the steel body of the 356 Cabriolet, but with minimal equipment taking after, but not quite to the level of its earlier sibling. Only 16 examples of the 356 America Roadster were built, placing it among the rarest 356 models. It stands as a symbol of the passion for performance among American drivers, and the mark their enthusiasm continues to make on the brand.
About the 964 America Roadster
In 1992, roughly 40 years after the first “America Roadster,” Porsche revived the concept as part of the Type 964 generation 911. Once again, a model specific to the U.S. with an open top and a focus on performance improvements reached American showrooms in limited quantities; in this case 250 units. This special model featured the wide-body, brakes, suspension, and 17-inch Porsche Cup wheels of the contemporary 911 Turbo. In that sense, the commonality between the Type 992 911 GTS models and Turbo models combined with a version of the engine used in the Carrera models make the new car a true spiritual successor.
Being the model year 2023, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America will arrive at the US dealer network in late 2022 already, with an MSRP starting at $184,920, if you opt for the extended interior package mentioned above, this rises to $192,430, and while there are no numbers mentioned on just how much of these new America Roadsters will be made, it will undoubtedly be a very low number to keep this car very exclusive.