Porsche is commemorating the 70th anniversary of the iconic 356 America Roadster with a new 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition. The limited-edition convertible sports car – only 115 will be built in total – will arrive in showrooms later this year for the 2023 model year. The America Edition will only be sold in North America. With such a low production volume, the vehicle will be one of the rarest Type-992 models that Porsche has ever released. (Bets are that it’s already sold out by the time you read this.)
“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,” said Porsche Cars North America President and CEO Kjell Gruner. “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.”
The 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America Edition is based on the 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet, but it has been configured with select options and unique cosmetic enhancements to differentiate it from its standard siblings – the 1953 356 America Roadster inspired the build specifications.
The America Edition boasts red, white, and blue coloring with the aesthetic changes applied by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur. Azure Blue was chosen as the primary exterior color, with the convertible top in black. The windshield surround is in Satin Black (this is the first Type-992 to have this unique treatment). On that note, the white wheels with a Guards Red pinstripe are also an unusual offering from the automaker (the last factory Porsche with white wheels was the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0). Accenting the exterior are decals in white with Guards Red Accents that read “America” (the model designation on the rear decklid is two-tone in white and Guards Red).
The primary interior color is black – the solid hue was chosen as it best highlights the unique Guards Red and Pebble Gray two-tone stitching accents (Porsche notes that gray was selected because the contrast of pure white was too glaring). Standard equipment includes the two-tone stitching on the seats, center console (where “America” is embossed on the armrest), and unique illuminated door sills plates (with commemorative wording). An optional extended interior package adds contrasting stitching on the steering wheel, shift boot, and a Guards Red pattern on the shift lever. Porsche has even painted the key in Azure Blue to match the vehicle’s color.
Rear-mounted in the chassis is Porsche’s now-familiar twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter flat-6 engine tuned to develop 473 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Porsche is only offering its 7-speed manual gearbox and rear-wheel drive on this unique model to emphasize the driving enthusiast market of the Americas. Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) Sport is standard fitment, as is Sport Exhaust and the Sport Chrono Package. Options include Rear-axle steering and Porsche Ceramic Composite Brakes (PCCB).
Of the 115 units, Porsche will send 100 to the United States and 15 to the Canadian market. The 2023 911 Carrera GTS Cabriolet America will carry a starting MSRP of $184,920 (excluding $1,450 for delivery, processing, and handling). The MSRP for the model with the extended interior package is $192,430 (excluding $1,450 for delivery, processing, and handling).