It’s been ten years since Porsche first laid down roots in China, opening a showroom in Beijing back in 2001. Porsche sales in China have climbed steadily since then, jumping from just 27 cars in 2002 to 13,856 in 2010; the company now operates 31 different showrooms in the country. What better way to celebrate this explosion of Porsche sales than a special-edition, golden 911?
Porsche Exclusive will build just 10 copies of the special 10 Year Anniversary Edition 911 Turbo S -- one car for each year. Obviously, the key distinction for the Anniversary cars is a unique Gold Bronze exterior paint, contrasted against a carbon-fiber front trunk lid, dark headlight surrounds, and black wheels. It’s far from the prettiest color combination Porsche has ever offered, but at least it’s pretty darn exclusive.
The combination of leather and Alcantara finishing the 911’s interior has been upgraded with golden stitching, while special carbon-fiber pieces accentuate the door panels and door sills. Lest owners forget the special provenance of their car, plaques denoting the 911’s number in the 10-car production run are affixed to the right-front fender and the glove box.
As with all non-gold versions, this 911 Turbo S uses a twin-turbocharged, 3.8-liter flat-six engine to boast 530 hp and a top speed of 195 mph, sending power through Porsche’s seven-speed, dual-clutch PDK transmission to all four corners. The gold-dipped Anniversary car is headed only to a lucky few in China.