Join the club: Porsche’s 911 Carrera Club Coupe is a ‘thank you’ to devoted fans

Porsche may be German, but like many carmakers the U.S. has historically been one of its biggest markets. After decades of sales success, the crew from Zuffenhausen decided to give some of their most loyal U.S. fans a special “thank you.”

Unveiled at the company’s new U.S. headquarters in Atlanta, the Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Club Coupe is a limited-edition model created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Porsche Club of America.

The Club Coupe is set apart from the legions of other 911 models with its own unique paint color, called “Club Blau.” It also gets retro-looking 20-inch Sport Classic wheels and a “ducktail” rear spoiler reminiscent of the one fitted to the classic 911 Carrera RS.

Since it’s based on the recently-introduced GTS model, the rear-wheel drive Club Coupe also gets wider bodywork from the all-wheel drive Carrera 4 for a more aggressive look.

On the inside, stitching, seat belts, and the tachometer are finished in Carmine Red, contrasting the mostly black interior. There’s also some carbon fiber trim and plenty of badging in case you forget which 911 you’re in.

No apparent mechanical changes were made, so the Club Coupe retains the GTS’ 3.8-liter flat-six, good for 430 horsepower and 324 pound-feet of torque. It’s available with either seven-speed manual or PDK dual-clutch automated transmissions.

With the PDK, the Club Coupe will scoot from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, and reach a top speed of 189 mph. With the manual, those numbers are 4.2 seconds and 190 mph.

Porsche Active Suspension Management adaptive suspension, Porsche Torque Vectoring, and the performance-enhancing Sport Chrono package are all standard, as is a sport exhaust system, which should be easier to explain to your friends than all of that tech.

Getting behind the wheel of this rare Porsche will cost you $137,055 (including destination), but you have to be a Porsche Club of America member to get one.

Only 59 examples will be sold, beginning in June, while a 60th car will be given away in a contest open to club members.


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