Members Only: Porsche Unveils 2012 911 Club Coupe

The Porsche 911 Carrera S is exclusive in that it costs about $96,000 to get one, but the new 2012 911 Club Coupe is even more restricted: it costs about twice as much as a 911 Carrera S, it's only available to Porsche Club owners, and you'll have to win a lottery in order to have the privilege of buying one.

The first Porsche owners clubs came to life in Germany in 1952, and in the 60 years since some 181,000 members have joined the rolls of clubs around the world. As a thank you of sorts to those people, Porsche will build 13 special edition 911s and sell them exclusively to club members.

The car is called the 911 Club Coupe, and it's based on the 2012 911 Carrera S coupe. Porsche adds a dash of power (total horsepower is up to 430, from 400), and all manner of exclusive design tweaks. All 911 Club Coupes will have the Sport Design Package, sit on 20-inch Sport Techno wheels, and wear a new shade of Brewster Green paint.

Porsche also promises to finish each of the 13 Club Coupes with illuminated door sills that have the 60th anniversary and 911 Club Coupe logos, and customer cars will also have trim pieces with screened lettering that bears the owner's name. Inside, Porsche will allegedly reach deep into its Porsche Exclusive custom catalog to spruce up the interior, but the company refrains from detailing its interior revisions.

Sadly, obtaining an example is not going to be as easy as walking into your local Porsche dealer and ordering a 911 Carrera. One car of the 13-car run will stay with Porsche, probably to perform museum duty, so only 12 will be sold. Those 12 units are allocated only for Porsche Club members, and potential owners must put their names into an online lottery to determine just who will get the cars. Each of the 12 owners must then cough up 142,831 euros ($179,053) for the privilege, nearly twice the price of a base 911 Carrera S. Then again, it's hard to put a price on exclusivity.

Source: Porsche

The 2012 911 Club Coupe will be on display in Stuttgart with the Porsches pictured below.

Evan McCausland
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