By Otsile Kadiege
Recently Porsche revealed the market-specific 911 (992) Carrera GTS Cabriolet America. The “America” moniker is the continuance of a tradition that began in 1952: offering an open top, enthusiast-focused sports car made specifically for the North American market. The limited edition model is based on the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, and features the same high performance chassis and powertrain as that model. It is however exclusively available with a 7-speed manual transmission and rear-wheel drive.
Unique exterior styling
Setting itself apart from the rest of the range the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America’s body is coated with Azure Blue 356, which was inspired by the 1953 356 America Roadster. The windshield frame is finished in Satin Black. 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. Along the doors, decals in white with Guards Red accents read “America” while the model designation on the rear features “911 Carrera” in white and “GTS” in Guards Red.
Unique interior styling
Inside, cross stitching in Guards Red with surrounding stitching in Pebble Grey continue the colour combination through the cabin, including along the upper dashboard and door panels. Two-tone stitching in Guards Red and Pebble Grey continue the contrast on the center console armrest where “America” is embossed in the leather. Unique illuminated door sill plates commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 356 America Roadster are also included as standard equipment, along with a leather interior in black, seat belts in Guards Red, the tachometer and instrument cluster in white and a heated GT Sport steering wheel.
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.
The special edition model is powered by a 3.0-litre boxer six-cylinder engine generating 353kW and 570Nm. As mentioned above its exclusively available with a 7-speed manual gearbox. It’s fitted with Porsche’s Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport as standard which lowers the ride height by 10 mm while adding helper springs to the rear axle. Sport Exhaust and the Sport Chrono Package are both standard equipment. Rear axle steering and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB) are available as added cost options. The standard cast iron brake rotors measure 408 mm (16 inch) in front with six-piston aluminum fixed calipers and 380 mm (14.9 inch) rotors in the rear with four-piston fixed aluminum calipers finished in black.
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