When you think of Porsche, you usually think of the iconic Porsche 911 and all of its racing heritage. We mainly think of the Nürburgring and other European circuits. Of course, that makes sense, considering the legendary sports car manufacturer hails from Germany. So the Porsche 911 Cabriolet America Edition might look a bit out of place. However, this actually represents a milestone in Porsche history.
This car marks 70 years of the first Porsche “America” vehicle
Porsche recently released a press release describing the origin and significance of the Porsche America Edition models.
In the early 1950s, Max Hoffman became the first individual to import Porsche vehicles for sale in the United States. Hoffman believed that offering a more affordable version would quickly increase Porsche’s popularity in the United States. So he contacted Porsche to request a cheaper, lightweight model specifically for the US market.
Porsche responded to Hoffman’s request by introducing the 1953 Porsche 356 America Roadster. The America Roadster featured only the bare necessities and a boxer engine developing 70 horsepower, a substantial leap from the 40 horsepower of the Porsche models. previous ones. Only 16 examples have seen the light of day.
Now, 70 years later, Porsche is releasing another American edition car to keep that spirit alive. The 2023 Porsche 911 Cabriolet America Edition is only available with a manual transmission in convertible format to retain the spirit of the original America Roadster. It’s also easily identifiable with its unique 356 azure blue paint finish and the white and red stripe that runs down the side with the “America” brandishing.
“The passion for driving a Porsche runs deep in the United States. In particular, there’s something special about hitting the road in an open-top 911 with a manual transmission that fits right in here,” said Kjell Gruner, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America Inc. “It’s also the perfect time to add another ‘America’ model to our story as we look back 70 years since the 356 America Roadster and 30 years since the 964 America Roadster.
Can you handle the power of the Porsche 911 Cabriolet America Edition?
Porsche mated a 3.0-liter turbocharged flat-six engine to the seven-speed manual transmission that develops 472 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque. Admittedly, this is not a small amount of power. However, things get a little crazier when you remember that all that power goes strictly to the rear wheels.
The car is based on the 2023 Porsche 911 Cabriolet GTS. Thus, it has many great performance features right out of the box. For one thing, it has Porsche’s Active Suspension Management Sport system that lowers the overall ride height by 10 millimeters. It also comes standard with the Sport exhaust system and the Sport Chrono package. Additionally, rear axle steering and ceramic brakes are available as options.
If this all sounds good to you, don’t set your hopes too high. It will be a very limited production model with only 115 examples. In fact, the release says it will be one of the rarest Porsche 992 911 models.
So if you’re on good terms with a local Porsche dealership and want one, you better start trying to get an allowance now!
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