Porsche 911 America, in the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet variant, will be a unique sports vehicle. As part of the 2023 model year, the limited-edition Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America will be on sale in late 2022.
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Continuation of a 70-year-old tradition
With its introduction, the tradition of providing an open-top, enthusiast-focused sports vehicle designed especially for the North American market, which dates back to 1952, continues. The new model is based on the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet and boasts the same high-performance chassis and motor.
The new Porsche 911 America was unveiled at the 2022 Porsche Parade in Poconos, Pennsylvania. It is only offered with a rear-wheel drive system and a seven-speed manual gearbox, underscoring its emphasis on driving enjoyment.
Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Kjell Gruner said: “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.
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.”
Power and performance for the passionate driver
A three-liter flat-six engine with two turbochargers and 570 Nm of torque power the new 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America. It produces 353 kW and 480 HP of power. As standard equipment, the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport lowers the ride height by 10 millimeters and adds helper springs to the rear axle.
The Sport Chrono Package and Sport Exhaust are both included as standard features. There are optional extra costs for rear axle steering and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB). The front 408 mm cast iron brake rotors have six-piston aluminum fixed calipers, while the rear 380 mm rotors have four-piston fixed aluminum calipers that are finished in black.
Additional standard features include a black leather interior, red Guardsman seat belts, white instrument dials, and white tachometer dials, to give the Porsche 911 America version a classic sporty look.
Special design for the Porsche 911 America
This sports vehicle is eye-catching from a distance and up close thanks to Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur‘s aesthetic adjustments. The 2023 model year version of this rare car will be painted in the color Azureblue356, which was created in honor of the 1953 356 America Roadster.
Specially polished RS Spyder Design wheels include a Guards Red pinstripe along the rim’s edge, a white internal section of the spokes, and silver outermost flat surfaces. America is written in White decals with Guards Red accents around the doors, and the model number on the back is shown as “911 Carrera” in White and “GTS” in Guards Red.
Guards Red cross stitching and surrounding Pebble Grey stitching carry the color scheme throughout the interior, especially around the top dashboard and door panels. ‘America’ is engraved in the leather of the center console armrest, which also has two-tone stitching in Guards Red and Pebble Grey.
Additionally featured as standard equipment, on the new Porsche 911 America model, are distinctive lighted door sill treadplates honoring the 356 America Roadster’s 70th anniversary. The steering wheel, gear lever, and seats all come with an expanded interior package that is an option.
356 America Roadster: the first hit
When Max Hoffman started marketing the 356 in 1950, he was the first person to import Porsche vehicles into the US and found early success with American buyers. The 356 America Roadster came next in 1953. The automobile featured a 1,480 cc flat-four engine that produced 51 kW when just the bare minimum was present (70 PS).
With a lesser engine producing 29 kW in prior generations, the number signified a substantial increase (40 PS). The 356 Speedster, which employed the steel body of the 356 Cabriolet but with limited equipment – much like but not nearly to the same degree as, its previous sister – was rapidly inspired by that basic sports vehicle. There were just 16 356 America Roadsters produced.
964 America Roadster: the first successor
Porsche brought back the idea in 1992 as part of the 964-generation 911, which was around 40 years after the debut of the original America Roadster. Once again, just 250 examples of a model exclusive to the US with an open top and an emphasis on performance enhancements made it to American showrooms.
The broad body, brakes, suspension, and 17-inch Porsche Cup wheels of the modern 911 Turbo were all included in this special edition. In that regard, a variation of the engine used in the Carrera models and similarities between the 992-generation 911 GTS models and Turbo versions make the new vehicle a real spiritual successor.